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ÞjóðA Sex 17II/4 — hrjóða ‘cleared’

Sogns kvôðu gram gegnan
glæst sjau tøgu it fæsta
senn á svipstund einni
Sveins þjóðar skip hrjóða.

Kvôðu gegnan gram Sogns hrjóða glæst skip þjóðar Sveins, it fæsta sjau tøgu senn á einni svipstund.

They said that the upright lord of Sogn [NORWEGIAN KING = Haraldr] cleared adorned ships of Sveinn’s people, at least seventy at once, in a single fleeting time.


[4] hrjóða: so F, E, H, Hr, ‘rioð’ , rjóða 39, J2ˣ, FskBˣ, FskAˣ, Flat, ‘hroþa’ Mork


[4] hrjóða ‘cleared’: The inf. depends on kvðu ‘they said’, hence lit. ‘they said to clear’. The variant rjóða (where it is not merely a Norwegianism for hrjóða, as probably in the Fsk mss) also makes good sense: ‘redden (with blood)’.



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