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Gísl Magnkv 9II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Gísl Illugason, Erfikvæði about Magnús berfœttr 9’ 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. 422-3.

Gísl IllugasonErfikvæði about Magnús berfœttr
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Tók á Skíði,        en Skotar flýðu,
jǫfra œgir        Ívistar gram.
Hafði fylkir,        sás frami téði,
Lǫgmann konung        í liði sínu.

{Œgir jǫfra} tók {gram Ívistar} á Skíði, en Skotar flýðu. Fylkir, sás frami téði, hafði Lǫgmann konung í liði sínu.

{The terrifier of princes} [RULER = Magnús] captured {the lord of North Uist} [= Lǫgmaðr] in Skye, and the Scots fled. The leader, whom courage aided, kept King Lǫgmaðr in his company.

Mss: Mork(23r) (Mork); H(89r), Hr(61va) (H-Hr); F(58va)

Readings: [1] á: fyr H, Hr    [3] œgir: so all others, œgi Mork    [4] gram: so all others, gramr Mork    [5] Hafði: ‘h’’ Hr, krafði F    [6] frami: framm H;    téði: efldi F    [7] konung: konungr Hr, F    [8] í liði: lífi F

Editions: Skj AI, 441-2, Skj BI, 411, Skald I, 203; Mork 1867, 144, Mork 1928-32, 317-18, Andersson and Gade 2000, 299, 485 (Mberf); Fms 7, 43-4 (Mberf ch. 21); F 1871, 270 (Mberf).

Context: On his first expedition to the west in 1098, Magnús captured Lǫgmaðr Guðrøðarson, who was the king of the Hebrides, the Isle of Man, and parts of Ireland.

Notes: [All]: In Mork and F the eight ll. are given as two separate helmingar with intervening prose. For Lǫgmaðr, see Note to Bkrepp Magndr 10/2. — [1] á Skíði ‘in Skye’: Skye is an island in the Hebrides. — [3, 4]: The Mork variants œgi (m. acc. sg.) jǫfra ‘the terrifier of princes’ (l. 3) and gramr (m. nom. sg.) Ívistar ‘the lord of North Uist’ (l. 4) make no sense in the present context because Lǫgmaðr, not Magnús, was king of North Uist, and he was captured by Magnús. North Uist is an island in the Hebrides.

References

  1. Bibliography
  2. Fms = Sveinbjörn Egilsson et al., eds. 1825-37. Fornmanna sögur eptir gömlum handritum útgefnar að tilhlutun hins norræna fornfræða fèlags. 12 vols. Copenhagen: Popp.
  3. Skald = Kock, Ernst Albin, ed. 1946-50. Den norsk-isländska skaldediktningen. 2 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  4. Andersson, Theodore M. and Kari Ellen Gade, trans. 2000. Morkinskinna: The Earliest Icelandic Chronicle of the Norwegian Kings (1030-1157). Islandica 51. Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press.
  5. Mork 1928-32 = Finnur Jónsson, ed. 1928-32. Morkinskinna. SUGNL 53. Copenhagen: Jørgensen.
  6. F 1871 = Unger, C. R., ed. 1871. Fríssbók: Codex Frisianus. En samling af norske konge-sagaer. Christiania (Oslo): Malling.
  7. Mork 1867 = Unger, C. R., ed. 1867. Morkinskinna: Pergamentsbog fra første halvdel af det trettende aarhundrede. Indeholdende en af de ældste optegnelser af norske kongesagaer. Oslo: Bentzen.
  8. Internal references
  9. Not published: do not cite (MberfII)
  10. 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.
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