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Anon Óldr 24I/5 — Fœtr ‘feet’

Slóð drap svangt til grœðis
— sá vargr rekinn margan
hǫggvinn mann ór hrǫnnum —
hlaupstóð jǫtuns móður.
Fœtr bar fôlu Sóti
(fjǫrrán) í val grána
(áðr beið hirð fyr hauðri)
hungrtrauðr, en frá rauða.

Svangt hlaupstóð móður jǫtuns drap slóð til grœðis; vargr sá margan hǫggvinn mann rekinn ór hrǫnnum. Hungrtrauðr Sóti fôlu bar grána fœtr í val, en rauða frá; áðr beið hirð fjǫrrán fyr hauðri.

The starved loping stud-horses of the giant’s mother [GIANTESS > WOLVES] beat a path to the ocean; the wolf saw many a slain man cast up from the waves. The hunger-shunning Sóti <horse> of the troll-woman [WOLF] bore grey feet to the slain, but red away; earlier the retinue underwent life-robbing off the coast.

readings

[5] Fœtr: fótr Bb

notes

[5] fœtr ‘feet’: Another minor, but necessary, emendation, since nom. sg. fótr in the ms. does not fit the syntax.

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