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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Gísl Magnkv 14II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Gísl Illugason, Erfikvæði about Magnús berfœttr 14’ 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. 426.

Gísl IllugasonErfikvæði about Magnús berfœttr

text and translation

Hǫfðu seggir        — þá vas sókn lokit —
heimfǫr þegit        at hǫfuðsmanni.
Landsmenn litu        of liði gǫfgu
segl sædrifin        sett við húna.

Seggir hǫfðu þegit heimfǫr at hǫfuðsmanni; þá vas sókn lokit. Landsmenn litu sædrifin segl, sett við húna, of gǫfgu liði.
‘The men had obtained leave from the leader to return home; then the battle had ended. The countrymen saw foam-sprayed sails, secured to the mast-tops, above the splendid troop.

notes and context

Stanzas 14-16 describe Magnús’s fleet returning to Norway from the Hebrides in 1099. In Mork and F, the sts are cited without intervening prose. In H and Hr they are incorporated into a prose narrative which is taken from MberfHkr (ÍF 28, 224-5), Orkn (ÍF 34, 100-1) or created from the content of the poetry.



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 14: AI, 442-3, BI, 412, Skald I, 203; Mork 1867, 146, Mork 1928-32, 322, Andersson and Gade 2000, 302, 486 (Mberf); Fms 7, 49 (Mberf ch. 24); F 1871, 272 (Mberf).


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