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Anon Pl 23VII/1 — sveinn ‘[One] boy’

Hlaut sveinn hjarðar gætis
— hugstœðr léo flœði —
(akrmenn gripu annan)
œzta bjǫrg (frá vǫrgum).
Fjǫrnæms fœddu bǫrvar
fleins í þorpi einu
brœðr (glyggs hvatendr) báða
(blóðíss né til vissusk).

Sveinn hlaut œzta bjǫrg gætis hjarðar; hugstœðr léo flœði; akrmenn gripu annan frá vǫrgum. Bǫrvar fjǫrnæms fleins fœddu báða brœðr í einu þorpi; né hvatendr glyggs blóðíss vissusk til.

[One] boy received the most excellent help from a herdsman [lit. guardian of the herd]; the hateful lion fled; farmhands seized the other from the wolves. Trees of the life-taking spear [WARRIORS] raised both brothers in the same village; the hasteners of the storm of the blood-ice [SWORD > BATTLE > WARRIORS] did not know of one another.

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[1] sveinn: ‘svenn’ 673b

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