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Þstf Lv 2II/6 — inn

Þú vændir mér, Þrœnda
þengill, ef stef fengak
frænda Serks at fundi,
folkrakkr, gefa nakkvat.
Lézt, at Hôkon héti,
hildingr inn fémildi,
(nú samir mér at minnask)
mǫrstrútr (á þat gǫrva).

Folkrakkr þengill Þrœnda, þú vændir gefa mér nakkvat, ef fengak stef at fundi frænda Serks. Inn fémildi hildingr, lézt, at Hôkon héti mǫrstrútr; nú samir mér at minnask gǫrva á þat.

Battle-brave lord of the Þrœndir [NORWEGIAN KING = Sigurðr], you promised to give me something if I could produce a stanza at the meeting with Serkr’s kinsman [= Hákon]. Generous monarch, you said that Hákon was called mǫrstrútr (‘Lump of Lard’); now it’s only fitting for me to recall that perfectly.

grammar

Pronouns and determiners: Definite article

The definite article is normally suffixed to nouns, except in some cases where it is used with an adjective. If the noun form ends in a vowel, the 'i' in the article is dropped. If the noun form ends in 'um', the 'm' and 'i' are both dropped. E.g. hesta (acc. pl.) > hestana (acc. pl. definite); hestum (dat. pl.) > hestunum (dat. pl. definite)

masc.fem.neut.
sing. N
A
G
D
inn
inn
ins
inum
in
ina
innar
inni
it
it
ins
inu
pl. N
A
G
D
inir
ina
inna
inum
inar
inar
inna
inum
in
in
inna
inum
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