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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Bkrepp Magndr 2II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Bjǫrn krepphendi, Magnússdrápa 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. 397-8.

Bjǫrn krepphendiMagnússdrápa

text and translation

Snarr rauð Sygna harri
sverð á úthlaupsferðum
— vítt nam vargr at slíta
varma brôð — á Harmi.
Frátt, hvé fylkir mátti
— fór, svát hengðr vas Þórir —
— fǫr vas gunnar gǫrvis
greið — dróttinssvik leiða.

{Snarr harri Sygna} rauð sverð á úthlaupsferðum á Harmi; vítt nam vargr at slíta varma brôð. Frátt, hvé fylkir mátti leiða dróttinssvik; fór, svát Þórir vas hengðr; fǫr {gǫrvis gunnar} vas greið.
‘The swift lord of the Sygnir [NORWEGIAN KING = Magnús] reddened the sword on the rebels in Velfjorden; far and wide the wolf began to tear warm meat. You have heard how the leader countered high treason; it happened that Þórir was hanged; the campaign of the wager of battle [WARRIOR] went smoothly.

notes and context

In Hkr and H-Hr, the st. is used as evidence for the hanging of the rebels who led the uprising against Magnús in 1094. In Mork and F, the first helmingr is cited to illustrate how Magnús rid his country of criminals.

Steigar-Þórir Þórðarson led a revolt against Magnús and attempted to install a royal pretender on the the Norw. throne. For these events, and the capture and execution of the leaders of the rebellion, see also SteigÞ Biography and Kv, Þham Magndr 1 and Lv 1, Gísl Magnkv 1-8 and Anon (Mberf) 2-3.



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.

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