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Stúfr Stúfdr 4II/1 — ǫðlingr ‘monarch’

Mægð gat ǫðlingr eiga
ógnar mildr, þás vildi;
gulls tók gauta spjalli
gnótt ok bragnings dóttur.

Ógnar mildr ǫðlingr gat eiga mægð, þás vildi; spjalli gauta tók gnótt gulls ok dóttur bragnings.

The battle-generous monarch got the marriage he desired; the confidant of the people [KING] took plenty of gold and the ruler’s daughter.


[1] ǫðlingr eiga: ǫðlingr Egða H, Hr, eðlingr eiga FskBˣ, allvaldr Egða , 39, F, E, J2ˣ


[1] ǫðlingr ‘monarch’: The Hkr variant allvaldr Egða ‘the mighty ruler of the Egðir’ is equally possible but could have been occasioned by the attempt to improve the internal rhyme (-ægð : Egð- rather than -ægð : eig-).



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