Hár þykki mér, hlýra,
hinn jarl, es brá snarla
— mær spyrr vitr, at væri
valkǫstr — ara fǫstu.
En þekkjǫndum þykkir
hǫrð, sús hilmir gerði,
hríð, á Tempsar síðu.
Hinn jarl, es snarla brá fǫstu hlýra ara, þykki mér hár; vitr mær spyrr, at væri valkǫstr. En hríð, sús hilmir gerði á síðu Tempsar, þykkir hǫrð þekkjǫndum meginásar þunnblás.
That jarl, who briskly broke the fast of the brother of the eagle [RAVEN/EAGLE], seems tall to me; the wise maiden hears that there was a heap of the slain. And the battle which the ruler waged on the bank of the Thames seems hard to knowers of the powerful pole of the thin linen cord [ARROW > BOWMEN].
[1, 2] hinn jarl ... hár ‘that jarl ... tall’: Identified as Þorkell; see st. 4/2 and Note. The epithet hár for Þorkell, which may connote ‘prominent, outstanding’ (cf. Skj B fremragende) in addition to the literal meaning, will be matched in st. 7/4 by the epithet ríkr ‘mighty, great’ for Knútr; these may already have become the standing nicknames for these two leaders.
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