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Hharð Gamv 5II/1 — munat ‘can’

Oss munat ekkja kenna
ung né mær, at værim,
þars gerðum svip sverða,
síð í borg of morgun.
Ruddumk umb með oddi;
eru merki þar verka;
þó lætr Gerðr í Gǫrðum
gollhrings við mér skolla.

Ekkja né ung mær munat kenna oss, at værim síð of morgun í borg, þars gerðum svip sverða. Ruddumk umb með oddi; eru merki verka þar; þó lætr Gerðr gollhrings í Gǫrðum skolla við mér.

Neither the widow nor the young maiden can accuse us [me] of being late in the morning into the stronghold where we made a swinging of swords [BATTLE]. I cleared a path with the spear-point; there are marks of my deeds there; yet the Gerðr <goddess> of the gold ring [WOMAN] in Russia ridicules me.

grammar

Verbs: Preterite-present verbs

The present tense of these verbs is like the past tense of strong verbs, and their past tense is weak.

eigamegakunnaskulumunumuna
indic.
pres.
sing.


pl.
1st
2nd
3rd
1st
2nd
3rd
á
átt
á
eigum
eiguð
eigu

mátt

megum
meguð
megu
kann
kannt
kann
kunnum
kunnuð
kunnu
skal
skalt
skal
skulum
skuluð
skulu
mun
munt
mun
munum
munuð
munu
man
mant
man
munum
munið
muna
indic. past stem
subj. pres. stem
subj. past stem
átt-
eig-
ætt-
mátt-
meg-
mætt-
kunn-
kunn-
kynn-
skyld-
skyl-
skyld-
mund-
myn-
mynd-
mund-
mun-
mynd-
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