Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Oddr kíkinaskáld (Okík)

11th century; volume 2; ed. Kari Ellen Gade;

1. Poem about Magnús góði (Magn) - 3

Skj info: Oddr kíkinaskáld, Islandsk skjald, 11. årh. (AI, 354-5, BI, 327-8).

Skj poems:
1. Et digt om Magnus d. gode
2. Lausavísa

Very little is known about Oddr kíkinaskáld (Okík). Skáldatal lists him among the poets of Magnús Óláfsson and Haraldr Sigurðarson (SnE 1848-87, III, 254, 262, 274-5), and he appears to have been in Norway at the time of Magnús’s death (in 1047). The meaning of his nickname is debated (composing about a person with the name or nickname Kíkini or Kikini: so SnE 1848-87, III, 576, Finnur Jónsson 1907, 246; composing about people from a Norw. farmstead Kíkin: so ÍF 28, 63 n. 1). The quantity of the first <i> in the nickname cannot be established.

Poem about Magnús góði — Okík MagnII

Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘(Introduction to) Oddr kíkinaskáld, Poem about Magnús góði’ in Kari Ellen Gade (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 2: From c. 1035 to c. 1300. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 2. Brepols, Turnhout, pp. 31-4.

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Skj: Oddr kíkinaskáld: 1. Et digt om Magnus d. gode, o. 1046 (AI, 354-5, BI, 327)

in texts: Flat, Fsk, H-Hr, Hkr, HSig, MGóð, MH

SkP info: II, 31-4

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Stanzas 1-2 of this poem about Magnús inn góði Óláfsson (Okík Magn) are recorded in all mss of Hkr (39, F, E, J2ˣ), as well as in H, Hr (H-Hr) and Flat (Flat), and st. 2 is also given in Fsk (FskAˣ). The two sts must also have been part of Mork (Mork), which has a lacuna at this point (in Mork 1928-32 and in Andersson and Gade 2000, the lacuna has been filled with the text from Flat). Stanza 3 is preserved in Mork, H, Hr and Flat. The name of the poet is given in Hkr (sts 1-2), Fsk (st. 2) and in H-Hr (sts 1-3). Flat attributes the first st. to Þjóðólfr Arnórsson (ÞjóðA) and the next two to Oddr (Flat 1860-8, III, 284, 334). In Flat sts 2-3 are given without intervening prose, whereas in H-Hr st. 3 is a lv. recited in response to a question. Skj (and Skald) follows H-Hr and treats this st. as a separate lv. Flat, which reproduces the Mork text more faithfully than H-Hr, makes no such distinction, and the compiler of the archetype (*H) of H-Hr likely added the prose surrounding st. 3 (see also Fidjestøl 1982, 132-3). Moreover it is clear that st. 2, which commemorates Magnús’s death in 1047, cannot belong to a poem composed around 1046, the date given in Skj A. In the present edn, all three sts are assigned to the same poem (composed after Magnús’s death in 1047). In AM 761 b 4°ˣ (761bˣ) Árni Magnússon (at 247r) tentatively includes Anon (MH) in this poem (but see SnE 1848-87, III, 577). That attribution seems attractive (see Fidjestøl 1982, 132-3) but speculative, because the st. is anonymous in all mss.
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