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Bkrepp Magndr 3II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Bjǫrn krepphendi, Magnússdrápa 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, pp. 398-9.

Bjǫrn krepphendiMagnússdrápa
234

text and translation

Hrafngreddir vann hrædda
hlífar styggr í byggðum
þrœnzka drótt, es þótti
þeim markar bǫl sveima.
Hygg, at hersa tveggja
her-Baldr lyki aldri
sinn; jór vasa svôru
svangr; fló ǫrn til hanga.

{Hrafngreddir}, styggr hlífar, vann hrædda þrœnzka drótt í byggðum, es þeim þótti {bǫl markar} sveima. Hygg, at {her-Baldr} lyki sinn aldri tveggja hersa; {jór svôru} vasa svangr; ǫrn fló til hanga.
 
‘The raven-feeder [WARRIOR], shy of protection, frightened the host from Trøndelag in the settlements, when it seemed to them that the harm of the forest [FIRE] was raging. I believe that the army-Baldr <god> [WARRIOR] ended simultaneously the lives of two hersar; the horse of the troll-woman [WOLF] was not hungry; the eagle flew to the hanged ones.

notes and context

Magnús punished people in Trøndelag who had been part of the conspiracy against him (in 1094; see st. 2 and Notes).

In J2ˣ and 42ˣ this st. precedes st. 2 above.

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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: Bjǫrn krepphendi, Magnúsdrápa 4: AI, 435, BI, 405, Skald I, 200, NN §806; ÍF 28, 218 (Mberf ch. 7), E 1916, 113; Fms 7, 14-15 (Mberf ch. 8).

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