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Hskv Útdr 5II/4 — vífs ‘were done’

Unnit frák í einni
eyddri borg til sorga
(hitti herr á flótta)
heiðins vífs (at drífa).

Frák unnit í einni eyddri borg til sorga heiðins vífs; herr hitti at drífa á flótta.

I heard that, in one devastated city, deeds were done to the grief of a heathen woman; people were forced to flee.


[2, 4] til sorga heiðins vífs ‘to the grief of a heathen woman’: The prose contains no information about this heathen woman, but women do seem to have been preyed upon during enemy attacks. See Note to ÞjóðA Magn 7/5, 6.



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