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Eskál Vell 31I/4 — Óðinn ‘Óðinn’

Valfǫllum hlóð vǫllu
(varð ragna konr gagni)
hríðar ôss (at hrósa)
— hlaut Óðinn val — Fróða.
Hver sé if, nema jǫfra
ættrýri goð stýra?
Rammaukin kveðk ríki
rǫgn Hôkunar magna.

Ôss hríðar Fróða hlóð vǫllu valfǫllum; konr ragna varð at hrósa gagni; Óðinn hlaut val. Hver if sé, nema goð stýra jǫfra ættrýri? Kveðk rammaukin rǫgn magna ríki Hôkunar.

The god of the storm of Fróði <sea-king> [BATTLE > WARRIOR] piled up the fields with the slain; the descendant of the gods [= Hákon jarl] could boast of victory; Óðinn was allotted the slain. What doubt might there be that the gods guide the destroyer of the kin of princes [(lit. ‘kin-destroyer of princes’) PRINCES > RULER = Hákon jarl]? I declare that the exceedingly powerful gods increase the might of Hákon.



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