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Sigv Nesv 7I/3 — gǫfgum ‘the noble’

Stǫng óð gylld, þars gengum
Gǫndlar serks und merkjum
gnýs, fyr gǫfgum ræsi,
greiðendr á skip reiðir.
Þági vas, sem þessum
þengils, á jó strengjar,
mjǫð, fyr malma kveðju,
mær heiðþegum bæri.

Gylld stǫng óð fyr gǫfgum ræsi, þars gengum, greiðendr gnýs serks Gǫndlar, reiðir á skip und merkjum. Vas þági á jó strengjar fyr kveðju malma, sem mær bæri þessum heiðþegum þengils mjǫð.

The gilded standard advanced before the noble king, where we, suppliers of the din of the shirt of Gǫndul <valkyrie> [MAIL-SHIRT > BATTLE > WARRIORS], went enraged onto the ships under the banners. It was not then on the horse of the rope [SHIP], before the greeting of metal weapons [BATTLE], as if a maiden were bringing these retainers of the prince mead.

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[3] gǫfgum: ‘gvfom’ R686ˣ, ‘gǫfg[…]m’ 325VI

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