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Sigv Lv 30I/3 — þér ‘for you’

Ástríði lát œðri,
Alfhildr, an þik sjalfa,
þér þótt þinn hagr stórum
— þat vildi goð — batni.

Alfhildr, lát Ástríði œðri an þik sjalfa, þótt hagr þinn batni þér stórum; goð vildi þat.

Álfhildr, set Ástríðr higher than yourself, though your position is improving for you greatly; God willed it.

readings

[3] þér þótt: þér 39, om. F

notes

[3] þér ‘for you’: Konráð Gíslason (1892) explains the word, which might otherwise seem pleonastic, as an intensifier, signifying Sigvatr’s warning to Álfhildr that the improvement in her circumstances (since she is now mother to a king) should be matched by an improvement in her attitude.

grammar

Pronouns and determiners: Second person

sing.dualpl.
N
A
G
D
þú
þik
þín
þér
(þ)it
ykkr
ykkar
ykkr
(þ)ér
yðr
yðar
yðr
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