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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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2. Magnús berfœttr Óláfsson, Lausavísur, 1 [Vol. 2, 385-6]

[1, 4] hefk folginn auð minn … illa ‘I have invested my wealth … unwisely’: This is Magnús’s response to Kali’s question (Kali Lv) about how Magnús’s men reward him for his lavish gifts. Mork provides no motivation for this verbal exchange, but in Orkn and in H-Hr it is prompted by the desertion of many of Magnús’s men during their stay in the Hebrides. Magnús allows some men to return to Norway, but many leave without permission.


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