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ESk Geisl 17VII/8 — brand ‘sword-’

Vakit frák víg á Stikla-
(víðlendr) -stǫðum síðan
(Innþrœndum lét undir
almreyrs lituðr dreyra).
Heims þessa frák hvassan
— hvatir felldu gram skatnar —
— þeir drýgðu bǫl — brigðu
branddríf numinn lífi.

Síðan frák vakit víg á Stiklastǫðum; víðlendr lituðr almreyrs lét undir Innþrœndum dreyra. Frák hvassan branddríf numinn brigðu lífi þessa heims; hvatir skatnar felldu gram; þeir drýgðu bǫl.

Then I heard that a battle broke out at Stiklestad; the widely-landed reddener of the elm-reed [ARROW > WARRIOR] caused the wounds of the Innþrœndir to bleed. I heard that the brave sword-driver [WARRIOR] was taken from the transitory life of this world; rash men killed the king; they committed evil.


[8] brand‑: baug‑ Bb


[8] branddríf ‘sword-driver’: A typical warrior-kenning, but there may also be a foreshadowing of the Hneitir miracle (sts 47-50), in which the supernatural Óláfr causes his sword to move under its own power.




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