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Anon Brúðv 27VII/5 — Hæstri ‘to the highest’

Síðan náði sverðrjóðr
— sveinninn girntiz vera einn —
— skildiz hann við fira fjöld —
fara, þar er auðn var.
Hæstri unni höll Krists
helga sig lagar elgs
hei…, unz önd liet;
endar þar manns sögu kendr.

Sverðrjóðr náði síðan fara, þar er var auðn, hann skildiz við fjöld fira; sveinninn girntiz vera einn. Hei… elgs lagar kendr hæstri höll Krists, unni helga sig, unz önd liet; þar endar manns sögu.

Afterwards the sword-reddener [WARRIOR] managed to go where there was wilderness; he parted from the multitude of men; the youth wanted to be alone. The … of the elk of the sea [SHIP > SEAFARER], belonging to the highest hall of Christ [= Mary], loved to make himself holy, until he gave up life; there the man’s story ends.

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[5] hæstri höll Krists ‘to the highest hall of Christ [= Mary]’: See Note to st. 7/4

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