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Okík Magn 1II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Oddr kíkinaskáld, Poem about Magnús góði 1’ 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. 32.

Oddr kíkinaskáldPoem about Magnús góði
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text and translation

Vas fyr Míkjálsmessu
malmgrimm háið rimma;
fellu Vinðr, en vǫnðusk
vápnhljóði mjǫk þjóðir.
Enn fyr jól vas ǫnnur
óhlítulig lítlu
— upp hófsk grimm með gumnum
gunnr — fyr Árós sunnan.

Malmgrimm rimma vas háið fyr Míkjálsmessu; Vinðr fellu, en þjóðir vǫnðusk mjǫk vápnhljóði. Enn lítlu fyr jól vas ǫnnur, óhlítulig, fyr sunnan Árós; grimm gunnr hófsk upp með gumnum.
 
‘A sword-grim battle was waged before Michaelmas; Wends fell, and people became much accustomed to weapon-sound. And shortly before Christmas there was another [battle], by no means trivial, south of Århus; grim fighting erupted among men.

notes and context

Magnús engaged in battles in Denmark at Lyrskovshede (present-day Lürschau, some kilometres north of Schleswig) against the Wends and south of Århus against Sveinn Úlfsson.

For these battles, see also Arn Hryn 11-15, Arn Magndr 8-18, ÞjóðA Magnfl 6-19, and ÞjóðA Magn 1-14.

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editions and texts

Skj: Oddr kíkinaskáld, 1. Et digt om Magnus d. gode 1: AI, 354-5, BI, 327, Skald I, 165; ÍF 28, 63-4 (Mgóð ch. 35); F 1871, 191, E 1916, 32; Fms 6, 90 (Mgóð ch. 41); Flat 1860-8, III, 284, Mork 1928-32, 51, Andersson and Gade 2000, 125, 470 (MH).

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