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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Máni (Máni)

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

Lausavísur (Lv) - 3

Skj info: Máni, Islandsk skjald, 12-13 årh. (AI, 538-9, BI, 519-20).

Skj poems:

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).

Lausavísur — Máni LvII

Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘ Máni, 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. 641-4. <> (accessed 2 July 2022)

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Skj: Máni: Lausavísur (AI, 538-9, BI, 519-20); stanzas (if different): 4 | 5

SkP info: II, 643-4

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3 — Máni Lv 3II

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Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Máni, Lausavísur 3’ 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. 643-4.

Gígjan syngr, þars ganga
— grípa menn til pípu —
— fœra fólsku stóra —
framm leikarar bleikir.
Undrs, hvé augum vendir
umb, sás þýtr í trumbu;
kníðan lítk á kauða
kjapt ok blásna hvapta.

Gígjan syngr, þars bleikir leikarar ganga framm; menn grípa til pípu; fœra stóra fólsku. Undrs, hvé vendir augum umb, sás þýtr í trumbu; lítk kníðan kjapt ok blásna hvapta á kauða.

The fiddle sings where the pale minstrels walk forth; men grasp the flute; they bring great foolishness. It’s a marvel, how he who blows in the trumpet rolls his eyes; I see the stuffed cheeks and the distended mouth of the wretch.

texts: Sv 9

editions: Skj Máni: Lausavísur 3 (AI, 539; BI, 520); Skald I, 254, NN §1166; ÍF 30, 131 (ch. 85), Sv 1920, 91.


AM 327 4° (327) 44v, 11 - 44v, 14 (Sv)  image  
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