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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Gísl Magnkv 10II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Gísl Illugason, Erfikvæði about Magnús berfœttr 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. 423-4.

Gísl IllugasonErfikvæði about Magnús berfœttr

text and translation

Ættlǫndum vann        eyja dróttar
folkvǫrðr und sik        fjórum þrungit,
áðr an hitti,        sás hamalt fylkði,
veðrsmiðr Viðurs        valska jarla.

{Folkvǫrðr} vann fjórum ættlǫndum dróttar eyja þrungit und sik, áðr an {{Viðurs veðr}smiðr}, sás fylkði hamalt, hitti valska jarla.
‘The people’s guardian [RULER] subjugated four ancestral territories of the men of the isles, before the smith of Viðurr’s <= Óðinn’s> wind [(lit. ‘Viðurr’s wind-smith’) BATTLE > WARRIOR], who marshalled his troops in a wedge-shaped array, met the Norman earls.

notes and context

Stanzas 10-13 commemorate the battle of the Menai Strait (1098), when Magnús killed Hugh of Shrewsbury with an arrow. In Mork and F these sts are given in a block without intervening prose, whereas H and Hr incorporate them into the prose that recounts the battle.



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 10: AI, 442, BI, 411, Skald I, 203; Mork 1867, 145, Mork 1928-32, 320, Andersson and Gade 2000, 301, 485-6 (Mberf); Fms 7, 44 (Mberf ch. 22); F 1871, 271 (Mberf).


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