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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Þham Magndr 3II/1 — brynju ‘the byrnie’

Dunði broddr á brynju;
bragningr skaut af magni;
sveigði allvaldr Egða
alm; stǫkk blóð á hjalma.
Strengs fló hagl í hringa;
hné ferð, en lét verða
Hǫrða gramr í harðri
hjarlsókn banat jarli.

Broddr dunði á brynju; bragningr skaut af magni; allvaldr Egða sveigði alm; blóð stǫkk á hjalma. Hagl strengs fló í hringa; ferð hné, en gramr Hǫrða lét verða banat jarli í harðri hjarlsókn.

The arrow-point resounded against the byrnie; the sovereign shot with strength; the mighty ruler of the Egðir [NORWEGIAN KING = Magnús] bent the elm-bow; blood spurted onto helmets. The hail of the bow-string [ARROWS] flew into chain-mail; the company fell, and the lord of the Hǫrðar [NORWEGIAN KING = Magnús] caused the earl to be killed in the hard battle for land.


[1] brynju: brynjur H, Hr, J2ˣ, 325III α, R702ˣ



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