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Anon Law 1VII/3 — mun ‘will’

Lögmaðr skyldi röskr og riettr,
riettligr er það lögmanns stiettr;
mun þykkja lýðnum liettr,
er lögin segir, þá er hann er friettr.
Móyses kunni lögmáls list,
leingi talaði hann við Krist;
trautt fær mannfólk laganna mist;
minn guð fái oss himna vist.

Lögmaðr skyldi röskr og riettr, það er lögmanns riettligr stiettr; sá mun þykkja liettr lýðnum, er segir lögin, þá er hann er friettr. Móyses kunni list lögmáls, hann talaði leingi við Krist; trautt fær mannfólk mist laganna; minn guð fái oss vist himna.

The lawman should be brave and true, that is the lawman’s proper way; he will appear gracious to the people, who speaks the law, when he is asked. Moses was skilled in the art of law-giving, he spoke for a long time with Christ; unwillingly does mankind lose the laws; may my God give us an abode in the heavens.

notes

[3] sá mun þykkja liettr lýðnum ‘he will appear gracious to the people’: I.e. ‘people will consider him gracious’.

grammar

Verbs: Preterite-present verbs

The present tense of these verbs is like the past tense of strong verbs, and their past tense is weak.

eigamegakunnaskulumunumuna
indic.
pres.
sing.


pl.
1st
2nd
3rd
1st
2nd
3rd
á
átt
á
eigum
eiguð
eigu

mátt

megum
meguð
megu
kann
kannt
kann
kunnum
kunnuð
kunnu
skal
skalt
skal
skulum
skuluð
skulu
mun
munt
mun
munum
munuð
munu
man
mant
man
munum
munið
muna
indic. past stem
subj. pres. stem
subj. past stem
átt-
eig-
ætt-
mátt-
meg-
mætt-
kunn-
kunn-
kynn-
skyld-
skyl-
skyld-
mund-
myn-
mynd-
mund-
mun-
mynd-
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