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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Óldr 19I/1 — falla ‘to fall’

Frægs stillis varð falla
ferð, en beitt vas sverðum;
endr kom brúnt á branda
blóð; varð autt um góðan.
Auk und jǫfri frœknum
Ormr hrauzk, en felt rauðu
Eireks hirð, áðr yrði
jarls ráð fyrir hjarli.

Ferð frægs stillis varð falla, en beitt vas sverðum; brúnt blóð kom endr á branda; varð autt um góðan. Ormr hrauzk auk und frœknum jǫfri, en hirð Eireks felt rauðu, áðr ráð jarls yrði fyrir hjarli.

The troop of the famous ruler [Óláfr] had to fall, but swords were wielded; brown blood again came onto blades; it became empty around the good man [Óláfr]. Ormr (‘Serpent’) was also cleared under the bold prince, but Eiríkr’s retinue were hooded with red, before the jarl’s rule extended over the land.



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