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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Máni Lv 2II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Máni, Lausavísur 2’ 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. 642-3.


text and translation

Slœgr ferr gaurr með gígju
— ginns hér komit inni —
— meiðr hefr skjaldar skóða
skrípalôt — ok pípu.
Rekkr lætr rauða bikkju
— rækið skvaldr — fyr aldir
— skulut hlýða því þjóðir —
— þats skaup — of staf hlaupa.

Slœgr gaurr ferr með gígju ok pípu; hérs ginn komit inni; {meiðr {skóða skjaldar}} hefr skrípalôt. Rekkr lætr rauða bikkju hlaupa of staf fyr aldir; rækið skvaldr; þjóðir skulut hlýða því; þats skaup.
‘The sly rascal has a fiddle and a flute; falsehood has come inside here; the tree of the shield’s dangerous tools [SWORDS > WARRIOR] has strange gestures. The fine fellow lets a red bitch leap over a staff before the people; chase away the stupid racket; men must not listen to that; it is mockery.

notes and context

Máni arrives at Magnús’s court in Tønsberg, where the people are being entertained by two minstrels who make small dogs jump over staffs in front of Magnús’s retainers: the higher the rank of the spectator, the higher the dogs jump. At Magnús’s behest, Máni composes two sts about the spectacle.

For the status of minstrels in the Scandinavian Middle Ages, see Note to ESk Lv 5 [All].



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: Máni, Lausavísur 2: AI, 539, BI, 520, Skald I, 254; ÍF 30, 131 (ch. 85), Sv 1920, 91.


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