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HSt Rst 2I/2 — vǫrðr ‘guardian’

Vegmildr víðrar foldar
vǫrðr þá fóstr í Gǫrðum;
vellbjóðr vísar dáðir
vann, sás hæst gekk manna.
Blikrunnr brigða miklum
brátt réð * þeim, es átti,
allprútt éla Þróttar
Óláfr skipa stóli.

Vegmildr vǫrðr víðrar foldar þá fóstr í Gǫrðum; vellbjóðr, sás gekk hæst manna, vann vísar dáðir. Þróttar éla blikrunnr, Óláfr, réð * brátt, allprútt, þeim brigða miklum stóli skipa, es átti.

The honour-generous guardian of vast territory [RULER = Óláfr] was fostered in Russia; the gold-offerer [GENEROUS MAN], who was the greatest of men, performed renowned deeds. The tree of the gleam of the storms of Þróttr <= Óðinn> [(lit. ‘gleam-tree of the storms of Þróttr’) BATTLES > SWORD > WARRIOR], Óláfr, soon commanded most excellently the extremely large fleet of ships which he owned.


[2] vǫrðr: so all others, vǫrð Bb(111va)



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