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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

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].

Mss: 76ˣ(8v)

Readings: [3] bíð þú: ‘bidv’ 76ˣ

Editions: Skj AII, 137, Skj BII, 146-7, Skald II, 78, NN §3275; Småstykker 1-16, 290-1.

Notes: [1-2]: These ll. recall ESk Geisl 8/1-2VII. — [2] Eiríkr konungr ‘King Eiríkr’: Eiríkr was the son of Magnús Hákonarson (see Note to st. 2/1 above). He succeeded his father to the throne of Norway upon Magnús’s death in 1280 and reigned until his own death on 15 July 1299. — [8] með góðum hætti ‘with a fine verse-form’: Skj B takes this prepositional phrase with the first cl., which is possible but complicates an otherwise straightforward w. o. (see NN §3275).


  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. Internal references
  6. Martin Chase (ed.) 2007, ‘Einarr Skúlason, Geisli 8’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 13-14.

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