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Steinn Óldr 15II/2 — hirð ‘retinue’

Hilmir gefr ok hjalma,
(hirð) svát enskis virðir,
(konungs prýða þau klæði)
kynstórr firum brynjur.
Dyggr lætr þungar þiggja
þengill af sér drengi
— vás launar svá vísi
verðung — Hôars gerðar.

Kynstórr hilmir gefr firum brynjur ok hjalma, svát virðir enskis; þau klæði prýða hirð konungs. Dyggr þengill lætr drengi þiggja af sér þungar gerðar Hôars; svá launar vísi verðung vás.

The highborn ruler gives men byrnies and helmets without holding back; those clothes adorn the king’s retinue. The loyal lord lets his warriors receive from him the heavy garments of Hárr <= Óðinn> [BYRNIES]; thus the leader repays his troop for hardship.

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