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ESk Geisl 33VII/2 — miklum ‘great’

Ǫld hefr opt inn mildi
unnar bliks frá miklum
— Krists mærik lim — leysta
litrauðs konungr nauðum.
Greitt má gumnum létta
guðs ríðari stríðum;
rǫskr þiggr allt, sem œskir,
Óláfr af gram sólar.

Konungr inn mildi litrauðs bliks unnar hefr opt leysta ǫld frá miklum nauðum; mærik lim Krists. Guðs ríðari má greitt létta stríðum gumnum; rǫskr Óláfr þiggr allt, sem œskir, af gram sólar.

The king, generous with the red-coloured light of the wave [GOLD], has often rescued men from great need; I praise the limb of Christ [SAINT = Óláfr]. God’s knight [SAINT = Óláfr] can easily alleviate afflictions for men; brave Óláfr gets all he desires from the king of the sun [= God].

readings

[2] miklum: miklu Bb

notes

[2] miklum ‘great’: The ms. reads ‘miklu’, the n. dat. sg. form, which is grammatically impossible (there is no corresponding noun in the helmingr).

grammar

Strong form: in -ll

masc.fem.neut.
sing. N
A
G
D
gamall
gamlan
gamals
gǫmlum
gǫmul
gamla
gamallar
gamalli
gamalt
gamalt
gamals
gǫmlu
pl. N
A
G
D
gamlir
gamla
gamalla
gǫmlum
gamlar
gamlar
gamalla
gǫmlum
gǫul
gǫmul
gamalla
gǫmlum
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