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Gísl Magnkv 12II/6 — hlíf ‘The shield’

Margan hǫfðu        Magnúss liðar
bjǫrtum oddi        baugvang skorit.
Varð hertoga        hlíf at springa
kapps vel skipuð        fyr konungs darri.

Liðar Magnúss hǫfðu skorit margan baugvang bjǫrtum oddi. Hlíf hertoga, kapps vel skipuð, varð at springa fyr darri konungs.

Magnús’s companions had cut many a ring-meadow [SHIELD] with the bright spear-point. The shield of the army-leader, magnificently equipped, was forced to shatter by the king’s spear.

notes

[6] hlíf ‘shield’: Lit. ‘protection’, but commonly used in the meaning ‘shield’ in skaldic poetry (see LP: hlíf; Falk 1914, 139).

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