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Sigv Lv 2I/6 — lofun ‘the praise’

Hlýð mínum brag, meiðir
myrkblás, þvít kannk yrkja,
alltíginn — mátt eiga
eitt skald — drasils tjalda,
þótt ǫllungis allra,
allvaldr, lofun skalda
— þér fæk hróðrs at hvôru
hlít — annarra nítið.

Hlýð mínum brag, alltíginn meiðir myrkblás drasils tjalda, þvít kannk yrkja — mátt eiga eitt skald —, þótt nítið ǫllungis lofun allra annarra skalda, allvaldr; fæk þér at hvôru hlít hróðrs.

Listen to my poetry, most high-born destroyer of the dark black steed of awnings [SHIP > WARRIOR], because I know how to compose — you can have one skald —, although you refuse completely the praise of all other poets, mighty ruler; I shall deliver to you nonetheless a sufficiency of praise.

readings

[6] lofun: so 73aˣ, 68, 61, Holm4, Flat, Tóm, lofan Holm2, 972ˣ, J1ˣ, J2ˣ, 325VI, 321ˣ, 78aˣ, 325V, 325VII, 325XI 2 l, lofn R686ˣ, lofum Bb, lofi

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