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Sigv Berv 4II/8 — erfðir ‘the inheritance’

Gekk við móð inn mikla,
Magnús, allt í gǫgnum
ferð, þars flotnar bǫrðusk,
faðir þinn liði sínu.
Varði hart, en hjǫrtu
hugfull við þat skullu,
(Ôláfr réð svá) jǫfra
erfðir (framm at hverfa).

Magnús, faðir þinn gekk við inn mikla móð liði sínu allt í gǫgnum ferð, þars flotnar bǫrðusk. Varði hart erfðir jǫfra, en hugfull hjǫrtu skullu við þat; Ôláfr réð at hverfa framm svá.

Magnús, your father went with great spirit with his company all through the throng where sea-warriors fought. He defended the inheritance of princes fiercely, and high-mettled hearts beat hard at that; Óláfr pushed forwards thus.

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[8] erfðir: ‘erfuíðr’ Flat

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