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Anon Ól 6I/4 — festi ‘a rope’

Upp dró hilmir heppinn
hugstrangr á Orm langan
mann, sá er mentir kunni
mest, af sjó í festi.
‘Víst hefir vöknað næsta
vendr dyrðill þinn, frændi,’
yngvi öðrum kóngum
†aflagðr† fyrir sagði.

Heppinn, hugstrangr hilmir, sá er kunni mentir mest, dró mann í festi upp af sjó á Orm langan. ‘Vendr dyrðill þinn hefir víst næsta vöknað, frændi,’ sagði yngvi fyrir, †aflagðr† öðrum kóngum.

The lucky, strong-minded lord, who was most able in skills, dragged the man on a rope up out of the sea onto Ormr langr (‘Long Serpent’). ‘Your fine cloak has surely got almost soaked, kinsman,’ declared the prince, … other kings.

readings

[4] festi: fest 61, ‘festi761bˣ

notes

[4] festi (f. dat. sg.) ‘a rope’: Minor emendation is necessary here to restore the line-final disyllabic cadence. Ms. 761bˣ has festi, but the underlining of ‘i’ may indicate doubt or conjecture.

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