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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Drápa about Magnús lagabœtir — Sturl MagndrII

Sturla Þórðarson

Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘(Introduction to) Sturla Þórðarson, Drápa about Magnús lagabœtir’ 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. 756-7.


Ungr tókt, jöfra þengill
ægr, með vígslu frægri,
(kynniz kapp þitt mönnum)
konungsnafn á þik (jafnan).
Ok, sókngæðir, síðan,
snjallmæltr, hlutuð allrar
— hér lýsik veg vísa —
vald framkomit aldar.
‘Terrifying lord of princes [KING], as a young man you accepted the title of king with a splendid consecration; your courage will always be made known to men. And, wise-spoken battle-increaser [WARRIOR], later you received the supreme power over all people; here I proclaim the glory of the prince.
Heilags hafið hála,
hraustr þengils sonr, fengit,
— þik reifir guð gæfu
gnótt — þjóðkonungs dóttur.
Snjallr má Eiríkr öllu
(aldýrr konungr,) stýra
(yðarr þroski gengr óskum
einart) við guð hreinan.
‘Brave son of the ruler, you have indeed received the daughter of the holy, mighty king; God grants you abundant luck. Wise Eiríkr can rule everything with the pure God; very precious king, your prosperity will proceed forever according to your wishes.

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