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ÞjóðA Magnfl 19II/8 — hæra ‘the higher’

Háðisk heilli góðu
hildr, sem Magnús vildi;
selr of sigr at þylja
sóknstœrir mér fœri.
Brand rauð buðlungr Þrœnda;
berr íðula síðan
hann ept hervíg þrennin
hæra skjǫld at gjǫldum.

Hildr háðisk góðu heilli, sem Magnús vildi; sóknstœrir selr mér fœri at þylja of sigr. Buðlungr Þrœnda rauð brand; ept þrennin hervíg berr hann hæra skjǫld íðula síðan at gjǫldum.

The battle was waged with good fortune, as Magnús wished; the onslaught-sweller [WARRIOR] gives me opportunity to recite about victory. The prince of the Þrœndir [NORWEGIAN KING = Magnús] reddened the sword; after threefold pitched battle he carries the higher shield ever afterwards in repayment.


[8] hæra: hǫggvinn E, J2ˣ


[6, 8] berr hæra skjǫld ‘carries the higher shield’: The context suggests the sense ‘wins victory’ (so LP: skjǫldr); there is no evidence that this existed as a fixed idiom.



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