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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Steinn Óldr 8II/6 — auðsótt ‘easy to conquer’

Ǫll biðr Egða stillir
eggdjarfra lið seggja
sund fyr sínu landi
sóknǫrr stika dǫrrum.
Jǫrð mun eigi verða
auðsótt Fila dróttins
sǫngherðǫndum sverða.
Sik beztan gram miklu.

Sóknǫrr stillir Egða biðr lið eggdjarfra seggja stika ǫll sund fyr landi sínu dǫrrum; jǫrð dróttins Fila mun eigi verða auðsótt sverða sǫngherðǫndum. …Sik miklu beztan gram….

The battle-generous ruler of the Egðir [NORWEGIAN KING = Óláfr] bids the band of edge-fierce warriors barricade all inlets along his country with spears; the land of the lord of the Filir [NORWEGIAN KING = Óláfr] will not be easy to conquer for the strengtheners of swords’ song [(lit. ‘swords’ song-strengtheners’) BATTLE > WARRIORS]. …Himself [to be] the very best ruler….



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