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ESk Sigdr I 5II/4 — slǫngur ‘catapults’

Sætt frák Dœla dróttin
— drengr minnisk þess — vinna;
tóku hvasst í Hristar
hríð valslǫngur ríða.
Sterkr braut váligt virki
vals munnlituðr gunnar;
fǫgr ruðusk sverð, en sigri
snarr bragningr hlaut fagna.

Frák dróttin Dœla vinna Sætt; drengr minnisk þess; valslǫngur tóku ríða hvasst í hríð Hristar. Sterkr munnlituðr vals gunnar braut váligt virki; fǫgr sverð ruðusk, en snarr bragningr hlaut fagna sigri.

I heard that the lord of the Dœlir [NORWEGIAN KING = Sigurðr] captured Sidon; the man [I] commemorates that; catapults began to swing violently in the storm of Hrist <valkyrie> [BATTLE]. The mighty mouth-colourer of the falcon of battle [RAVEN/EAGLE > WARRIOR] destroyed the fearsome stronghold; fair swords were reddened, and the swift ruler could rejoice in victory.


[4] ‑slǫngur: ‑slǫngr E, J2ˣ


[4] valslǫngur ‘catapults’: Used by defenders and attackers during sieges of strongholds; probably not built in Scandinavia until the C12th (see Falk 1914, 193-4).



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