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Máni (Máni)

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

IV. Lausavísa (Lv) - 1

Skáldatal (SnE 1848-87, III, 255, 264, 277) lists Máni, or Skáld-Máni (Máni), as one of Magnús Erlingsson’s court poets. Nothing is known about his family, but he must have been an Icelander, because he later returned to Iceland and is mentioned in Stu (see Máni Lv 4IV). He appears in a rather pitiful condition at Magnús’s court in May 1184 after a pilgrimage to Rome (ÍF 30, 130). It is not known what happened to him after Magnús’s death (on 15 June 1184), but he may have joined the retinue of Magnús’s opponent, Sverrir Sigurðarson, before returning to Iceland (so LH 1894-1901, II, 76; SnE 1848-87, III, 644). He was still alive c. 1215, when he composed a st. about the gifts which the Norw. jarl Hákon galinn ‘the Crazy’ sent to Snorri Sturluson in Iceland in return for a praise poem that Snorri had presented to the jarl (see Máni Lv 4IV). Máni is said to have composed a panegyric about Magnús Erlingsson, but nothing is preserved of that poem. Of his poetic oeuvre, five sts survive: three in Sv (Lv 1-3 below), one in Stu Ísls (Máni Lv 4IV) and one in SnE (Skm) and TGT (Máni Lv 5III).

Lausavísa — Máni LvIV

Not published: do not cite (Máni LvIV)

stanzas:  4 

in texts: Ísls, Stu

This edition is currently in preparation and will be published in a forthcoming volume of the series. The text below is from a superseded edition (Skj where relevant).

4 Vol. 4. Máni (biog. vol. 2), Lausavísa, 4 — Máni Lv 4IV

The following text is from a superseded edition and is not the work of the editor(s) named on this page.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).

Ǫrr hefr sendar Snorra
siklingr gjafar hingat,
unni afreksmanni
jarl gørsima snarla;
gœðingr hlaut, sem gôtum,
gǫfugr af tígnum jǫfri
(þat fekk skald) með skildi
(skynjat) sverð ok brynju.

Skj: Máni: Lausavísur 4 (AI, 539; BI, 520); dróttkvætt; ed. KEG; group: C; mss: 11127x, 114x, I; texts: Ísls 12
Runic data from Samnordisk runtextdatabas, Uppsala universitet, unless otherwise stated