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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon (Mberf) 1II

Kari Ellen Gade and Diana Whaley (eds) 2009, ‘Anonymous Lausavísur, Lausavísur from Magnúss saga berfœtts 1’ 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. 828-9.

Anonymous LausavísurLausavísur from Magnúss saga berfœtts


This st. (Anon (Mberf) 1)  is transmitted in mss , 39, E, J2ˣ and 42ˣ of MberfHkr, as well as in H and Hr (H-Hr). is the main ms.

text and translation

Ungr kom Hôkon hingat;
hanns beztr alinn manna
frægðarmildr á foldu;
fór með Steigar-Þóri.
Syni Óláfs bauð síðan
sjalfr um Nóreg halfan
mildr, en Magnús vildi
málsnjallr hafa allan.

Ungr Hôkon kom hingat; hann, frægðarmildr, [e]s alinn beztr manna á foldu; fór með Steigar-Þóri. Síðan bauð mildr sjalfr {syni Óláfs} um halfan Nóreg, en málsnjallr Magnús vildi hafa allan.
‘Young Hákon came here; he, generous with glory, is born the best of men on earth; he came with Steigar-Þórir. Then the generous one himself gave Óláfr’s son [= Magnús] power over half of Norway, but eloquent Magnús wished to have it all.

notes and context

On the death of Óláfr kyrri ‘the Quiet’ Haraldsson (1093), his son Magnús berfœttr ‘Barelegs’ is elected king in Viken, while the people of Trøndelag and Opplandene take Magnús’s cousin, Hákon Þórisfóstri ‘Foster-son of Þórir’ Magnússon, as their king. Then this st. is recited in Trondheim.



Text is based on reconstruction from the base text and variant apparatus and may contain alternative spellings and other normalisations not visible in the manuscript text. Transcriptions may not have been checked and should not be cited.

editions and texts

Skj: Anonyme digte om historiske personer og begivenheder [XI], [7]. Lausavísur 14: AI, 427, BI, 397, Skald I, 196, NN §§910, 2247B; ÍF 28, 210-11 (Mberf ch. 1), E 1916, 109; Fms 7, 2 (Mberf ch. 1).


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