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Anon Mlag 2II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Anonymous Poems, Poem about Magnús lagabœtir 2’ 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. 810-11.

Anonymous PoemsPoem about Magnús lagabœtir

Skýrum ætlak Magnús mæra
mildi sterkan frægðarverka;
yppa skal nú öðlings höppum
einkar skjótt at vilja dróttins.
Eigi er oss um allvald frægan
(andagiptir) lítill vandi
(allar þyrftak engla stillis)
óðar þáttu framm at bjóða.

Ætlak mæra Magnús, sterkan mildi, skýrum frægðarverka; skal nú yppa höppum öðlings einkar skjótt at vilja dróttins. Eigi er oss lítill vandi at bjóða framm þáttu óðar um frægan allvald; þyrftak allar andagiptir {stillis engla}.

I intend to praise Magnús, strong in generosity, with a clear poem of fame; I shall now uplift the king’s lucky deeds very quickly according to the will of the Lord. It is no small difficulty for us [me] to proffer strands of praise about the renowned mighty ruler; I would need all the spiritual gifts {of the leader of angels} [= God].

Mss: 76ˣ(8v)

Editions: Skj AII, 137, Skj BII, 146, Skald II, 78, NN §3275; Småstykker 1-16, 290.

Notes: [1] Magnús: King of Norway (r. 1263-80) and famous for his legal reforms and promulgation of laws (hence his nickname lagabœtir ‘Law-mender’). — [4] at vilja dróttins ‘according to the will of the Lord’: Skj B takes this prepositional phrase with the first cl., which is unnecessary (see NN §3275). — [7] þyrftak (1st pers. sg. pret. subj.) ‘I would need’: Spelt ‘þyrfta ec’ in the ms. Both Skj B and Skald read þyrptak which is orthographically opaque (see ANG §523.3).


  1. Bibliography
  2. Skj B = Finnur Jónsson, ed. 1912-15b. Den norsk-islandske skjaldedigtning. B: Rettet tekst. 2 vols. Copenhagen: Villadsen & Christensen. Rpt. 1973. Copenhagen: Rosenkilde & Bagger.
  3. Skald = Kock, Ernst Albin, ed. 1946-50. Den norsk-isländska skaldediktningen. 2 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  4. NN = Kock, Ernst Albin. 1923-44. Notationes Norrœnæ: Anteckningar till Edda och skaldediktning. Lunds Universitets årsskrift new ser. 1. 28 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  5. ANG = Noreen, Adolf. 1923. Altnordische Grammatik I: Altisländische und altnorwegische Grammatik (Laut- und Flexionslehre) unter Berücksichtigung des Urnordischen. 4th edn. Halle: Niemeyer. 1st edn. 1884. 5th unrev. edn. 1970. Tübingen: Niemeyer.

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