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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Þham Magndr 5II/7 — mæki ‘the sword’

Uppgǫngu réð yngvi
ítr með helming lítinn;
áræði hykk áðan
Eysteins fǫður treystask.
Hôtt gall hjǫrr, en sótti
— hneit egg við fjǫr seggja —
— malmsœkir rauð mæki
Magnús í lið gǫgnum.

Ítr yngvi réð uppgǫngu með lítinn helming; hykk fǫður Eysteins áðan treystask áræði. Hjǫrr gall hôtt, en Magnús sótti í gǫgnum lið; egg hneit við fjǫr seggja; malmsœkir rauð mæki.

The splendid king advanced ashore with a small unit; I believe Eysteinn’s father [= Magnús] earlier put faith in his courage. The sword resounded loudly, and Magnús advanced through the troop; the blade thrust at the lives of men; the weapon-attacker [WARRIOR] reddened the sword.


[7] mæki: mækir Hr



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