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Note to stanza

2. Þjóðólfr Arnórsson, 2. Stanzas about Magnús Óláfsson in Danaveldi, 2 [Vol. 2, 89]

[3, 4] fǫr beima es of orðin heldr hǫrð ‘the men’s expedition has turned out rather harsh’: The beima, m. gen. pl. ‘men’, are not identified, but since the remainder of the st. gloats over the misfortunes of Sveinn’s forces, this reference is presumably also to them. ÍF 28 favours the interpretation vér höfum heldur staðið í harðræðum ‘we have been in rather a difficult situation’, though a translation similar to the one adopted here is also offered.


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