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Gísl Magnkv 20II/2 — kunnak ‘I could’

Fylgðak frœknum,        sem framast kunnak,
Eysteins fǫður        í Atals drífu.
Opt brák hjǫrvi        með Haralds frænda
vanr vásfǫrum,        þars vega þurfti.

Fylgðak frœknum fǫður Eysteins í drífu Atals, sem framast kunnak. Opt brák, vanr vásfǫrum, hjǫrvi með frænda Haralds, þars þurfti vega.

I followed the bold father of Eysteinn [= Magnús] in Atall’s <sea-king’s> snow-storm [BATTLE] as best I could. Often I, accustomed to hard journeys, brandished the sword with Haraldr’s kinsman [= Magnús], where one needed to fight.

readings

[2] kunnak: so F, kunna Mork, H, Hr

grammar

Verbs: Preterite-present verbs

The present tense of these verbs is like the past tense of strong verbs, and their past tense is weak.

eigamegakunnaskulumunumuna
indic.
pres.
sing.


pl.
1st
2nd
3rd
1st
2nd
3rd
á
átt
á
eigum
eiguð
eigu

mátt

megum
meguð
megu
kann
kannt
kann
kunnum
kunnuð
kunnu
skal
skalt
skal
skulum
skuluð
skulu
mun
munt
mun
munum
munuð
munu
man
mant
man
munum
munið
muna
indic. past stem
subj. pres. stem
subj. past stem
átt-
eig-
ætt-
mátt-
meg-
mætt-
kunn-
kunn-
kynn-
skyld-
skyl-
skyld-
mund-
myn-
mynd-
mund-
mun-
mynd-
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