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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Bkrepp Magndr 10II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Bjǫrn krepphendi, Magnússdrápa 10’ 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. 403-4.

Bjǫrn krepphendiMagnússdrápa

text and translation

Hætt vas hvert, þats átti,
hvarf, Guðrøðar arfi;
lǫnd vann lofðungr Þrœnda
Lǫgmanni þar bannat.
Nýtr fekk nesjum útarr
naðrbings tǫpuð finginn
Egða gramr, þars umðu,
ungr, véttrima tungur.

Hvert hvarf, þats {arfi Guðrøðar} átti, vas hætt; {lofðungr Þrœnda} vann bannat Lǫgmanni lǫnd þar. {Nýtr ungr gramr Egða} fekk finginn {tǫpuð {naðrbings}} útarr nesjum, þars {tungur véttrima} umðu.
‘Every hiding place that Guðrøðr’s heir [= Lǫgmaðr] had was hazardous; the ruler of the Þrœndir [NORWEGIAN KING = Magnús] refused Lǫgmaðr lands there. The bountiful young lord of the Egðir [NORWEGIAN KING = Magnús] captured the destroyer of the snake-lair [GOLD > GENEROUS MAN] off the headlands, where tongues of hilts [SWORDS] were wailing.

notes and context

Magnús captured Lǫgmaðr Guðrøðarson, king of the Hebrides, the Isle of Man and parts of Ireland (1098).



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 8: AI, 436, BI, 406, Skald I, 200; ÍF 28, 221-2 (Mberf ch. 9), E 1916, 119; Mork 1867, 144, Mork 1928-32, 318, Andersson and Gade 2000, 299-300, 485 (Mberf); F 1871, 270 (Mberf); Fms 7, 43 (Mberf ch. 21).


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