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Mark Eirdr 20II/2 — Vinða ‘of the Wends’

Heiðin vôru hjǫrtu lýða
hryggðarfull í Vinða byggðum;
eldi sveif of ótal haulda;
Eirekr brenndi sali þeira.
Eisur kyndusk hôtt í húsum;
hallir nôðu vítt at falla;
óttu leið, en uppi þótti
elris grand í himni standa.

Heiðin hjǫrtu lýða vôru hryggðarfull í byggðum Vinða; eldi sveif of ótal haulda; Eirekr brenndi sali þeira. Eisur kyndusk hôtt í húsum; hallir nôðu at falla vítt; óttu leið, en grand elris þótti standa uppi í himni.

The heathen hearts of people were sorrowful in the settlements of the Wends; fire swept around an untold number of freeholders; Eiríkr burned their halls. Flames were kindled high in the houses; halls fell far and wide; night passed, and the harmer of the alder-tree [FIRE] seemed to stretch up into heaven.

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