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Hharð Lv 4II/4 — halda ‘hold’

Lôtum vér, meðan lirlar
líneik veri sínum
Gerðr, í Goðnarfirði,
galdrs, akkeri halda.

Lôtum vér akkeri halda í Goðnarfirði, meðan líneik, Gerðr galdrs, lirlar veri sínum.

We shall let the anchor hold [us] in Randersfjord while the linen-oak [WOMAN], the Gerðr <goddess> of incantation [WOMAN], lulls her husband to sleep.

readings

[4] halda: haldit Mork, Flat, H, Hr

notes

[1, 4] lôtum vér akkeri halda ‘we shall let the anchor hold [us]’: Lit. ‘we shall let the anchor hold’. This is synonymous with ‘ride at anchor’. The Mork (H, Hr, Flat) variant ltum vér akkerum halda (lit. ‘we shall let [it] be held by the anchors’) has the same meaning.

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