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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Arn Lv 1II/2 — dróttni ‘lord’

Drengrs í gegn at ganga
— gótts fylgja vel dróttni
— ǫld leynik því aldri —
ófúss syni Brúsa.
Oss’s, ef jarlar þessir
ógnbráðir til ráðask,
— hǫrð mun vinraun verða —
vandligr kostr fyr hǫndum.

Drengrs ófúss at ganga í gegn syni Brúsa; leynik aldri því ǫld; gótts fylgja dróttni vel. Oss’s vandligr kostr fyr hǫndum, ef þessir ógnbráðir jarlar ráðask til; hǫrð vinraun mun verða.

[This] warrior is not keen to go against the son of Brúsi [= Rǫgnvaldr]; I shall never conceal that from men; it is good to support one’s lord well. I [lit. we] have a hard choice on my hands, if these battle-hasty jarls attack one another; a harsh ordeal of friendship will come about.



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