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HSt Rst 5I/7 — bráðr ‘swift’

Óláfr allra jǫfra
óttlaust ok nam brjóta
varghollr Vinða borgir
vestr hernað rak mestan.
Hrælinns hverju sinni
hljómváttandi knátti
sóknbráðr sigri ráða
Svǫlnis dóms í rómu.

Varghollr Óláfr rak vestr mestan hernað allra jǫfra ok nam óttlaust brjóta borgir Vinða. Sóknbráðr hrælinns hljómváttandi knátti ráða sigri hverju sinni í rómu dóms Svǫlnis.

Wolf-gracious Óláfr pursued in the west the greatest raiding campaign of any ruler and began fearlessly to destroy the strongholds of the Wends. The attack-swift witness of the noise of the corpse-serpent [(lit. ‘noise-witness of the corpse-serpent’) SWORD > BATTLE > WARRIOR] won victory every time in the tumult of the verdict of Svǫlnir <= Óðinn> [BATTLE].


[7] sóknbráðr: sannfróðr all others


[7] sóknbráðr ‘attack-swift’: This, with -ráð-, produces an aðalhending in an odd line, where a skothending would be usual, but this licence is common in Rst; see Introduction. The alternative sannfróðr ‘truly wise’ in the ÓT mss produces a skothending.




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