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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Mberf Lv 2II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Magnús berfœttr Óláfsson, 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, p. 386.

Magnús berfœttr ÓláfssonLausavísur


The couplet (Mberf Lv 2), which is attributed to Magnús in all prose versions, is preserved in Mberf in Mork (Mork), H, Hr (H-Hr) and in the interpolated mss F, E, J2ˣ and 42ˣ of Hkr. Mork is the main ms.

text and translation

Villat * flokk várn fylla?
Falsk riddari inn valski?

Villat * fylla flokk várn? Falsk inn valski riddari?
‘Does he not wish to complete our company? Was the Norman knight hiding?

notes and context

Magnús recites the couplet as a comment on the cowardly behaviour of a Norman knight, Giffarðr, who was with him at the battle of Fuxerna, Sweden (c. 1101).

For this battle, see also Anon (Mberf) 5 and Eldj Lv 1-2.



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: Magnús berfœttr, Lausavísur 2: AI, 432, BI, 402, Skald I, 199, NN §2983; Mork 1867, 148, Mork 1928-32, 324, Andersson and Gade 2000, 303, 486 (Mberf); Fms 7, 57 (Mberf ch. 28); F 1871, 273, E 1916, 122 (Mberf).


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