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'winemæga hryre' - A much-discussed crux. M-R take hryre as gp, parallel to earfeða and wraðra wælsleahta, with a weakened final vowel (-a is expected). This solution is dismissed by B&D because a plural is unidiomatic in OE (pp. 23-24). Kershaw's suggestion that hryre is a causal dative might be preferable: 'mindful of the fierce battles accompanying the deaths of his kinsmen'. However, as Mitchell elsewhere argues, this interpretation is weakened by gemyndig also governing two phrases in the genitive case. Muir 2000 gives a fair summary of other suggestions (p. 505).