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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mlag 3II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Anonymous Poems, Poem about Magnús lagabœtir 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, p. 811.

Anonymous PoemsPoem about Magnús lagabœtir

text and translation

Hlýða skalt til afreksóðar,
Eiríkr konungr; giptu meiri
öllum bíð þú, ágætr stillir,
jarðráðöndum fremðardáða.
Stóra mærð átt, vísi, at virða
völdugs grams; at heyrnar skjöldum
rjóðöndum flytk rausnarkvæði
rimmu skóðs með hætti góðum.

Eiríkr konungr, skalt hlýða til afreksóðar; ágætr stillir, bíð þú meiri giptu fremðardáða öllum jarðráðöndum. Vísi, átt at virða stóra mærð völdugs grams; flytk rausnarkvæði með góðum hætti at {skjöldum heyrnar} {rjóðöndum {skóðs rimmu}}.
‘King Eiríkr, you must listen to the poem of splendour; renowned ruler, may you receive more good luck in outstanding deeds than all [other] land-rulers. Lord, you shall appraise the great praise of the powerful prince; I recite a poem of glory with a fine verse-form toward the shields of hearing [EARS] of the reddeners of battle’s dangerous tool [WEAPON > WARRIORS].

notes and context

[1-2]: These ll. recall ESk Geisl 8/1-2VII.



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 og vers [XIII], A. [2]. Et arvekvad om kong Magnús lagabøter 3: AII, 137, BII, 146-7, Skald II, 78, NN §3275; Småstykker 1-16, 290-1.


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