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2. Sturla Þórðarson, 3. Hrafnsmál, 6 [Vol. 2, 732-3]

[6] stórvöldum ‘by the supreme power’: Lit. ‘by the great powers’. Hap. leg. The translation is conjectural. Konráð Gíslason (1895-7, I, 95) suggests den store magt ‘the great power’ and Skj B gives for den store magt (el. ved den store skyld, de selv havde begåt?) ‘by the great power (or by the great offence they themselves had committed?)’. LP: stórvald has megen magt, overmagt ‘much power, superior force’ with the option megen skyld ‘much guilt, blame’, and Kock (NN §108) provides the translation brott ‘crime’. According to the prose texts Hákon gave the people of Caithness the choice between friðr ‘peace’ or afarkostir ‘harsh conditions, retributions’.


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