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HSt Rst 17I/5 — Sœnskr ‘The Swedish’

Grár reif (gerðu drífu)
— gall brandr við slǫg — (randa)
trǫllmarr trýni sollin
(tveir nafnar) hræ jafnan.
Sœnskr herr sigri þorrinn;
sverð beit, en fló peita;
hríð óx; hǫlðar flýðu.
Hollr ok fremstr at ǫllu.

Grár trǫllmarr reif jafnan sollin hræ trýni; tveir nafnar gerðu drífu randa; brandr gall við slǫg. Sœnskr herr þorrinn sigri; sverð beit, en peita fló; hríð óx; hǫlðar flýðu. Hollr ok fremstr at ǫllu …

The grey troll-woman’s steed [WOLF] tore swollen corpses steadily with its snout; the two namesakes engaged in a snow-storm of shields [BATTLE]; the sword resounded against weapons. The Swedish army [was] deprived of victory; sword bit and spear flew; the onslaught grew; men fled. Faithful and foremost in all things …

readings

[5] Sœnskr: sœnski 54

notes

[5] sœnskr herr þorrinn sigri ‘the Swedish army [was] deprived of victory’: The clause lacks a verb, and ‘was’ seems to be implied. Mss 54 and Bb(100ra) have vas ‘was’, but this results in too many syllables. See also Note to l. 7, flýðu.

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