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Poem about Magnús góði — Okík MagnII

Oddr kíkinaskáld

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. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 31-4.

 

Vas fyr Míkjálsmessu
malmgrimm háið rimma;
fellu Vinðr, en vǫnðusk
vápnhljóði mjǫk þjóðir.
Enn fyr jól vas ǫnnur
óhlítulig lítlu
— upp hófsk grimm með gumnum
gunnr — fyr Árós sunnan.
 
‘A sword-grim battle was waged before Michaelmas; Wends fell, and people became much accustomed to weapon-sound. And shortly before Christmas there was another [battle], by no means trivial, south of Århus; grim fighting erupted among men.
Felldu menn, þás mildan,
mǫrg tôr, í grǫf bôru
(þung byrðr vas sú) þengil
(þeim, es hann gaf seima).
Deildisk hugr, svát heldu
húskarlar grams varla
— siklings þjóð en síðan
sat opt hnipin — vatni.
 
‘Men shed many tears when they carried the generous lord to his grave; that was a heavy burden for those to whom he gave gold. The mind was in turmoil, so that the ruler’s housecarls could hardly refrain from weeping, and often thereafter the prince’s people sat drooping.
Mák, síz Magnúss ævi
móðfíkins þraut góða
— Odd hafa stríð of staddan —
stillis, harða illa.
Hvarflak hvers manns þurfi;
harmr strangr fær mér angrat;
þjóðs at dǫgling dauðan
dǫpr; því fǫrum * aprir.
 
‘I feel sorely grieved since the life of Magnús the good, the valour-greedy lord, came to a close; sorrows have brought Oddr down. I roam around in need of company; strong grief besets me; people are mournful about the dead monarch; therefore we wander around downcast.
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