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Magnús berfœttr Óláfsson (Mberf)

12th century; volume 2; ed. Kari Ellen Gade;

Lausavísur (Lv) - 6

Skj info: Magnús berfœttr, Norsk konge, 1093-1103 (AI, 432-3, BI, 402-3).

Skj poems:
Lausavísur

See ‘Royal Biographies’ in Introduction to this volume.

Vol. II. Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 2: from c. 1035 to c. 1300 > 8. Introduction > 5. Biographies > 1. Royal Biographies > 1. Kings of Norway > i. Magnús III berfœttr Óláfsson (Mberf) (r. 1093-1103)

Saga: Mberf (Ágr, Fsk, H-Hr, Hkr, Mork, Theodoricus).

Magnús berfœttr ‘Barelegs’ Óláfsson, the son of Óláfr kyrri, was king of Norway from 1093-1103 (for a discussion of his nickname, see Note to Anon Nkt 43/1). He died in battle in Ulster, Ireland, on 24 August 1103. See Theodoricus (MHN 59-63; McDougall and McDougall 1998, 49-51), Ágr (ÍF 29, 42-7; Ágr 1995, 60-71), Mork (Mork 1928-32, 297-337; Andersson and Gade 2000, 285-313), Fsk (ÍF 29, 301-15; Finlay 2004, 241-52), Hkr (ÍF 28, 210-37; Hollander 1991, 668-87), H-Hr (Fms 7, 1-73).  See also Orkn (ÍF 34, 92-102, 312-15, 343-4, 346-8; Hermann Pálsson and Edwards 1987, 82-9). For the genealogies of Magnús and his sons, see Genealogies II.2.f and II.3 in ÍF 28.

Events documented in poetry: The joint rule of Magnús and his cousin, Hákon Magnússon, 1093-4 (Anon (Mberf) 1); the uprising against Magnús in 1094, spearheaded by the district chieftain Steigar-Þórir Þórðarson, and the subsequent hanging of the rebels (SteigÞ Kv; Bkrepp Magndr 2-3; Þham Magndr 1 and Lv; Gísl Magnkv 1-8; Anon (Mberf) 2-3); Magnús’s harrying in Halland, in present-day Sweden (c. 1093-5; Bkrepp Magndr 1); his first expedition to the west in 1098, the capture of King Lǫgmaðr Guðrøðarson of the Hebrides and the killing of Earl Hugh of Shrewsbury in the Menai Strait (Mberf Lv 1; Kali Lv; Bkrepp Magndr 5-11; Þham Magndr 2-3; Gísl Magnkv 9-16); Magnús’s campaigns in Sweden against King Ingi Steinkelsson and the battle of Fuxerna (c. 1100-2; Mberf Lv 2; Eldj Lv 1-2; Þham Magndr 4; Gísl Magnkv 17-20; Anon (Mberf) 4-5); Magnús’s second expedition to the west and his death in Ulster in 1103 (Þham Magndr 5). Two anonymous lausavísur describe Magnús’s sailing (Anon (Mberf) 6-7) and his life is chronicled in Anon Nkt 42-4, 66-7. In addition to the two lausavísur mentioned above (Mberf Lv 1-2), another four stanzas are attributed to Magnús (Mberf Lv 3-6), describing his love for two women (Matilda and an unknown Irish woman).

Lausavísur — Mberf LvII

Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘(Introduction to) Magnús berfœttr Óláfsson, Lausavísur’ 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. 385-90.

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Skj: Magnús berfœttr: Lausavísur (AI, 432-3, BI, 402-3)

in texts: Flat, Fsk, H-Hr, Mork, Orkn

SkP info: II, 385-90

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1 Vol. 2. Magnús berfœttr Óláfsson, Lausavísur, 1 [Vol. 2, 385-6] — Mberf Lv 1II

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Auð hefk minn, þanns mǫnnum
margteitum réðk veita,
(húf lætk kløkkvan klífa
kolgur) illa folginn.

Skj: Magnús berfœttr: Lausavísur 1 (AI, 432; BI, 402); dróttkvætt; ed. KEG; group: A2; mss: 325III α, 761bx, Flat, H, Hr, Mork, R702x; texts: Flat 675, H-Hr 274, Mork 166, Orkn 32
 
2 Vol. 2. Magnús berfœttr Óláfsson, Lausavísur, 2 [Vol. 2, 386] — Mberf Lv 2II

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Vill hann eigi flokk várn fylla?
falsk riddari enn valski?

Skj: Magnús berfœttr: Lausavísur 2 (AI, 432; BI, 402); dróttkvætt; ed. KEG; group: A2; mss: 42x, 761bx, E, F, H, Hr, J2x, Mork; texts: H-Hr 281, Mork 150
 
3 Vol. 2. Magnús berfœttr Óláfsson, Lausavísur, 3 [Vol. 2, 387] — Mberf Lv 3II

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Sú's ein es mér meinar
Maktildr ok vekr hildi
(môr drekkr suðr ór sôrum
sveita) leik ok teiti;
sá kennir mér svanni,
sín lǫnd es verr rǫndu
(sverð bitu Hǫgna hurðir)
hvítjarpr sofa lítit.

Skj: Magnús berfœttr: Lausavísur 3 (AI, 432; BI, 402); dróttkvætt; ed. KEG; group: A2; mss: 42x, 761bx, E, F, H, Hr, J2x, Mork; texts: H-Hr 288, Mork 160
 
4 Vol. 2. Magnús berfœttr Óláfsson, Lausavísur, 4 [Vol. 2, 388] — Mberf Lv 4II

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Hvat's í heimi betra,
hyggr skald af þrô sjaldan
(mjǫk's langr sás dvelr drengi
dagr) an víf en fǫgru;
þungan berk af þingi
þann harm, es skalk svanna
(skreytask menn at móti)
minn aldrigi finna.

Skj: Magnús berfœttr: Lausavísur 4 (AI, 433; BI, 402-3); dróttkvætt; ed. KEG; group: A2; mss: 42x, 761bx, E, F, H, Hr, J2x, Mork; texts: H-Hr 289, Mork 161
 
5 Vol. 2. Magnús berfœttr Óláfsson, Lausavísur, 5 [Vol. 2, 389] — Mberf Lv 5II

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Jǫrp mun eigi verpa
arm-Hlín á glæ sínum,
orð spyrk gollhrings Gerðar
góð of skald í hljóði;
annk, þótt eigi finnak
opt, goðvefjar þoptu;
viti menn at hykk hennar
hála rœkðarmôlum.

Skj: Magnús berfœttr: Lausavísur 5 (AI, 433; BI, 403); dróttkvætt; ed. KEG; group: A2; mss: 42x, 761bx, E, F, H, Hr, J2x, Mork; texts: H-Hr 290, Mork 162
 
6 Vol. 2. Magnús berfœttr Óláfsson, Lausavísur, 6 [Vol. 2, 390] — Mberf Lv 6II

The following text is from a superseded edition and is not the work of the editor(s) named on this page. It is included for reference only. Do not refer to this site when using this text but rather consult the original edition (Skj where relevant).

Hvat skulum heimfǫr kvitta?
hugr's minn í Dyflinni,
enn til kaupangs kvinna
kømkat austr í hausti;
unik, þvít eigi synjar
ingjan gamans þinga;
œrskan veldr því's írskum
annk betr an mér svanna.

Skj: Magnús berfœttr: Lausavísur 6 (AI, 433; BI, 403); dróttkvætt; ed. KEG; group: A2; mss: 301x, 761bx, H, Hr, Mork; texts: Fsk 0, H-Hr 293, Mork 167
 
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