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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Gísl Magnkv 1II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Gísl Illugason, Erfikvæði about Magnús berfœttr 1’ 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. 417.

Gísl IllugasonErfikvæði about Magnús berfœttr

text and translation

Ungr framði sik,        þars alendr vildu
lofsælan gram        landi ræna
Imðar faxa,        en jǫfurr sótti
Báleygs viðu        með blôum hjǫrvi.

Ungr framði sik, þars {alendr {faxa Imðar}} vildu ræna lofsælan gram landi, en jǫfurr sótti {viðu Báleygs} með blôum hjǫrvi.
‘The young one excelled where the nourishers of Imð’s <troll-woman’s> steed [WOLF > WARRIORS] wished to rob the praise-blessed lord of his land, and the prince attacked Báleygr’s <= Óðinn’s> trees [WARRIORS] with the dark sword.

notes and context

Stanzas 1-3 are cited as a block, documenting how Magnús set out from Oslo in 1094 and travelled north to capture the leaders of the rebellion against him, Steigar-Þórir Þórðarson and Egill Áskelsson (or Ásláksson).



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: Gísl Illugason, 1. Erfikvæði um Magnús berfœtt 1: AI, 440, BI, 409, Skald I, 202; Mork 1867, 132, Mork 1928-32, 299, Andersson and Gade 2000, 287, 484 (Mberf); Fms 7, 6 (Mberf ch. 5); F 1871, 262 (Mberf).


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