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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Gísl Magnkv 17II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Gísl Illugason, Erfikvæði about Magnús berfœttr 17’ 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. 428.

Gísl IllugasonErfikvæði about Magnús berfœttr

text and translation

Framðisk síðan        á Svía dróttni
austr við Elfi        Upplanda gramr.
Liðskelfir tók        ór lǫgum Gauta
fimtán herǫð        fránni eggju.

{Gramr Upplanda} framðisk síðan á {dróttni Svía} austr við Elfi. {Liðskelfir} tók fimtán herǫð ór lǫgum Gauta fránni eggju.
‘The ruler of Opplandene [NORWEGIAN KING = Magnús] then distinguished himself against the lord of the Svíar [SWEDISH RULER = Ingi] east by the Götaälv. The troop-terrifier [WARRIOR] took fifteen herǫð from the law-districts of the Gautar with the sharp sword-edge.

notes and context

Stanzas 17-20 describe Magnús’s campaign in Sweden (c. 1100-2) against King Ingi Steinkelsson. In Mork and F the sts are cited without intervening prose, and in H and Hr new prose environments are created from the poetic content.

For these campaigns, see also Mberf Lv 2, Eldj Lv 1-2, Þham Magndr 4 and Anon (Mberf) 4-5.



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 17: AI, 443, BI, 412, Skald I, 203; Mork 1867, 150, Mork 1928-32, 327, Andersson and Gade 2000, 306, 486 (Mberf); Fms 7, 53 (Mberf ch. 26); F 1871, 274 (Mberf).


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