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Edáð Banddr 4I/5 — Váli ‘the Váli’

Mærr vann miklu fleiri
malmhríð jǫfurr síðan
— áðr frôgum þat — aðra,
Eirekr und sik geira.
þás garð-Váli gerði
Gotlands vala strandir
Virfils vítt of herjat.
Veðrmildr ok semr hildi.

Mærr jǫfurr vann síðan miklu fleiri aðra malmhríð, — frôgum þat áðr — Eirekr und sik geira … þás Virfils vala garð-Váli gerði strandir Gotlands of herjat vítt. Veðrmildr ok semr hildi …

The renowned leader then fought many more other metal-storms [BATTLES], — we [I] learned that earlier — Eiríkr under himself of spears … when the Váli <god> of the enclosure of the horses of Virfill <sea-king> [(lit. ‘enclosure-Váli of the horses of Virfill’) SHIPS > SHIELD > WARRIOR] had the coasts of Gotland raided far and wide. Storm-generous and contrives warfare …

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[5] ‑Váli: ‘‑vala’ , F, J1ˣ, J2ˣ, 61, 53, 54, Flat, ‘‑nala’ Bb

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