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Anon Óldr 28I/4 — konungs ‘ king’

Veit, þess’s víða bœtti
várt eðli, stað bjartan,
heilagr Kristr, ok hæsta
hlíf þjóðkonungs lífi,
þvít skýranna* skreytir
skíðs Ôleifi fríðri
vǫgnu láðs und víðu
verðr aldrigi tjaldi.

Heilagr Kristr, veit bjartan stað ok hæsta hlíf lífi þjóðkonungs, þess’s bœtti víða eðli várt, þvít verðr aldrigi skreytir skíðs láðs vǫgnu fríðri Ôleifi und víðu tjaldi skýranna*.

Holy Christ, give an illustrious place and the highest protection to the life of this mighty king, who reformed our nature far and wide, because there will never be an adorner of the ski of the land of the orca [SEA > SHIP > SEAFARER] finer than Óláfr under the wide awning of cloud-halls [SKY].

readings

[4] ‑konungs: ‑konungr Bb

notes

[4] þjóðkonungs ‘of … mighty king’: A minor emendation of ms. þjóðkonungr (nom. sg.) so as to agree with þess (gen. sg.) ‘of this’.

grammar

Masculine: gen. sing. -s; nom. pl. -ar/-jar

nom. pl. -ar nom. pl. -jar
sing. N
A
G
D
hestr
hest
hests
hesti
jǫkull
jǫkul
jǫkuls
jǫkli
jǫtunn
jǫtun
jǫtuns
jǫtni
ketill
ketil
ketils
katli
niðr
nið
niðs
nið
pl. N
A
G
D
hestar
hesta
hesta
hestum
jǫklar
jǫkla
jǫkla
jǫklum
jǫtnar
jǫtna
jǫtna
jǫtnum
katlar
katla
katla
kǫtlum
niðjar
niðja
niðja
niðjum
horse glacier giant kettle kinsman
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