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Re: [norse_course] Eyrbyggja Saga 19 Part 2 -- Rob's Translation

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  • Brian M. Scott
    ... Myndet vitr í vetri vekjandi mik sekja (þar ák lífhvötuð leyfðan;) lögráns (of þat vánir): ef niðbræði næðak nás valfallins ásar, (Hugins
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      > (Not that I pretend to understand either poem....)

      > Þá kvað Þórarinn:
      > Then Thorarinn answered:

      Then Þórarin said:

      > Myndit vitr í vetri
      > Remembered wise in winter
      > The wise manner last winter


      > vekjandi mig sekja,
      > wakening me sentences to outlawry,
      > causing me to be outlawed


      > þar á eg lífhvötuð leyfðan,
      > There I vigorous life permit,
      > thereupon I allowed life impulse


      > löngráns, um þær vánir,
      > distant (?), concerning the expected,
      > ?? regarding those gods


      > ef niðbræði næðag
      > if wane-anger felt a draft (?)
      > if ?? ??


      > nás valfallins ásar,
      > a corpse's well-failing gods,
      > of the dead, fall of the slain, of gods?


      > Hugins létum nið njóta
      > The raven's we caused wane enjoy
      > Of the wise raven of Odin, ? use the waning moon


      > nágrundar, Vermundi.
      > Woman of earth, Vermundi.
      > of the gates of death, to Vermund.

      Myndet vitr í vetri
      vekjandi mik sekja
      (þar ák lífhvötuð leyfðan;)
      lögráns (of þat vánir):
      ef niðbræði næðak
      nás valfallins ásar,
      (Hugins létum nið njóta
      nágrundar) Vermundi.

      Wise would not in winter
      fine me [the] awakener
      (there had I a famous life-protector;)
      of lawless dealings (on that [are] expectations):
      if I got hold of [the] feeder of waning moon
      of corpse of battle-slain's Ás,
      ([we] would cause Hugin's kinsman to profit
      from the corpse-field) Vermund.

      Here's Hugo Gering's version in prose word order:

      Vitr vekjandi lögráns myndi-at sekja mik í vetr – þar á ek
      leyfðan lífhvötuð – vánir (eru) of þat; ef ek næða
      Vermundi, valfallins nás ásar niðbræði, létum (vér) Hugins
      nið njóta nágrundar.

      (The) wise awakener of lawless dealings [= Snorri] would not
      fine me in (the) winter – there [i.e., in this matter] I
      have a famous [‘praised’] life-instigator [life-protector] –
      expectations (are) on that; if I got hold of Vermund, feeder
      [<bræðir>, from <bræða> ‘to feed’, from bráð ‘meat, raw
      flesh’] of the waning moon of the Ás of the corpse of the
      slain-in-battle [this Ás is Óðin; his (waning) moon is a
      sword, and its feeder is a warrior, here Vermund], (we)
      would cause Hugin’s relative [= the raven] to profit from
      the corpse-field.

      Snorri would not fine me in the winter -- count on it,
      I've a famous protector; if I caught Vermund, feeder of
      Óðin's sword, we would cause the raven to profit from the
      corpse-field.

      I do not, however, understand why it's <létum> (indic.)
      instead of <létim> (subjunct.).

      > Þá mælti Geirríður: "Það er nú ráðlegast að leita að
      > slíkum tengdamönnum sem Vermundur er eða Arnkell bróðir
      > minn."

      > Then Geirridur said: "It is now most advisable to seek
      > such relations by affinity as Vermundur is or my brother
      > Arnkell."

      > Then Gerrid spoke, “It is now most advisable to seek that
      > such men related by affinity as Vermund is or Arnkell, my
      > brother.”

      Then Geirríð said: ‘It is now most advisable to seek out
      such relatives by affinity as Vermund is, or Arnkell, my
      brother.’

      > Þórarinn svarar: "Meiri von að hvortveggja þurfi áður
      > lýkur þessum málum en þar munum vér þó fyrst á treysta er
      > Vermundur er."

      > Thorarinn answers: "(It is) more expectation that both
      > would need already bring to an end this case but there we
      > yet first trust who Vermundur is."

      > Thorarinn answers, “More to be expected before that either
      > of the two bring an end to this case but there we will
      > still first rely on who Vermund is.”

      Þórarin answers: ‘[There is] more expectation that both
      would be needed before these cases are done, but we will
      still venture (a try) first there where Vermundr is.’

      This is an impersonal use of <þurfa>, <hvártveggja> being
      the gen. sing. of <hvártveggi>. <Treysta> seems to be Z5:
      they'll go first to Vermund for his help.

      > Og þann sama dag riðu þeir allir er að vígum höfðu verið
      > inn um fjörðu og komu í Bjarnarhöfn um kveldið og gengu
      > inn er menn voru komnir í sæti.

      > And that same day they all rode who that been in (on) the
      > slaying around the fiord and came to Bjarnarhof during the
      > evening and went in where people had come to sit.

      > And that same day they all ride to where the slaying had
      > been in around the fjord and came to Bjorn’s haven during
      > the evening and went in where men had come to seats.

      And that same day all those who had been at the battle rode
      in around (the) fjords and came to Bjarnarhöfn in the
      evening and went inside, where men had taken seats.

      > Vermundur heilsar þeim og rýmdi þegar öndvegið fyrir þeim
      > Þórarni.

      > Vermundr greets them and at once made room (in) the
      > high-seat for them, the Thorarns.

      > Vermund greets them and gave up the high seat at one for
      > them, Thorarinn (and co).

      Vermund greets them and at once ceded the high seat to
      Þórarin and his companions.

      > En er þeir höfðu niður sest þá spurði Vermundur tíðinda.

      > And when they had set down, then Vermundr asks for the
      > news.

      > And when they had sat down Then Vermund asked the tidings.

      And when they had sat down, Vermund asked (for) tidings.

      > Þórarinn kvað:
      > Thorarinn said:
      > Thorarin recited:

      Þórarinn spoke:

      > Skal eg þrymviðum þremja,
      > I shall battle-noise-mast a part of a sword,
      > Shall I in great forest a sword part


      > þegi her meðan, segja,
      > while is silent a host, says,
      > conceal here while, to speak


      > von er ísarns ásum
      > expectation is gods' iron
      > according to custom where of iron of gods


      > örleiks, frá því görla
      > quite liberally, from the
      > munificence, make from it


      > hvé hjaldrviðir héldu,
      > how fight-mast held,
      > why (they) held battle-wood


      > haldendr, við mig, skjaldar,
      > (haldendr?), with me, shield's,
      > holding, with me, shields


      > roðinn sá eg Hrundar handa
      > reddened that I for Hrundar
      > bloody I saw on behalf of the island of Hrund?


      > hnigreyr, löngum, dreyra.
      > Sinking (?), long, bleeds.
      > declining, for a long time, to bleed.

      Skalk þrymviðum þremja
      (þegi herr meðan) segja
      (vö:n [ván] es ísarns ö:sum [ásum]
      örleiks) frá því görla:
      hve hjaldrviðir heldu
      haldendr við mik skjaldar
      (roðinn sák Hrundar handa
      hnigreyr) lögum (dreyra).

      I will to the trees of the fuller’s[?] noise
      (be silent the company meanwhile) tell
      (iron’s gods are to expect
      arrow-play) fully of this:
      how battle-trees upheld
      towards me, bearing shields,
      (reddened saw I Hrund’s hands’
      moving reed) the law (with blood).

      Hugo Gering's version prose rearrangement:

      Ek skal segja þremja þrymviðum görla frá því – herr þegi
      meðan; ván es ísarns ásum örleiks – hve hjaldrviðir
      haldendr skjalda heldu lögum við mik; ek sá handa hnigreyr
      Hrundar dreyra roðinn.

      I will tell this fully to (the) trees of the fuller’s[?]
      noise [= warriors; <þrymr> ‘an alarm, noise’, and <þrymjar>
      is some part of the sword, possibly the fuller, but here
      metonymic for the sword itself, so <þrymr þremjar> is
      ‘sword’s noise’ = battle] – (the) company be silent in the
      meantime; iron’s gods [= warriors] are to expect arrow-play
      [= battle] – how battle-trees [= warriors] holding shields
      upheld the law towards me; I saw Hrund’s hands’ moving reed
      reed [<hnig-reyr>; the hand’s reed is the arm; Hrund is a
      valkyrie = woman = Auðr] reddened (with) blood.

      I will tell this fully to the warriors - the company be
      silent in the meantime; warriors are to expect [a tale of]
      battle - how warriors holding shields upheld the law
      against me; I saw Hrund's arms reddened with blood.

      Brian
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