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Anon Mey 35VII/3 — djöfull ‘devil’

Greifinn setti guðs mey ljúfa
grið bannandi í myrkvaranni;
drákons kom þar djöfull í líki,
deyddi hun hann en fleingdi annan.
Meina fjöld og þrautir mildust
mærin tók á líkam skæran;
Malkus einn af mönnum fylkis
mey óverða hjó með sverði.

Greifinn setti ljúfa mey guðs í myrkvaranni bannandi grið; djöfull kom þar í líki drákons; hun deyddi hann en fleingdi annan. Mildust mærin tók fjöld meina og þrautir á skæran líkam; Malkus, einn af fylkis mönnum, hjó óverða mey með sverði.

The count placed the beloved maiden of God [HOLY WOMAN] in a dungeon, prohibiting a truce; the devil came there in the shape of a dragon; she killed him and whipped another. The mildest maiden suffered a multitude of torments and tortures on her shining body; Malchus, one of the king’s men, slew the undeserving maiden with a sword.


[3] djöfull: djöfuls 721, ‘d[...]ull’ 713



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