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Halli XI Fl 2II/4 — eysund ‘the island-sound’

Gerðir opt fyr jǫrðu
eiðfastr Haraldr skeiðum;
Sveinn skerr ok til annars
eysund konungs fundar.
Út hefra lið lítit
lofsnjallr Dana allra,
hinn, es hvern vág sunnan,
hrafngrennir, lykr stǫfnum.

Eiðfastr Haraldr gerðir opt skeiðum fyr jǫrðu; Sveinn skerr ok eysund til fundar annars konungs. Lofsnjallr hrafngrennir, hinn, es lykr hvern vág sunnan stǫfnum, hefra út lítit lið allra Dana.

Oath-firm Haraldr often seals off his land with ships; Sveinn also cuts the island-sound to meet the other king. The praise-keen raven-feeder [WARRIOR = Sveinn], he who blocks every bay from the south with the prows, has no small force of all the Danes out [at sea].

readings

[4] eysund: so 39, F, E, H, Hr, eysunds , J2ˣ

notes

[4] eysund ‘the island-sound’: This hap. leg. might refer to the stretch of water now known as the Kattegat, which has many islands and would be a likely route for a voyager originating in Denmark to follow in crossing to the Götaälv in present-day Sweden.

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