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Hharð Gamv 5II/5 — Ruddumk ‘I cleared’

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.

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