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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Okík Magn 2II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Oddr kíkinaskáld, Poem about Magnús góði 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. 33.

Oddr kíkinaskáldPoem about Magnús góði

text and translation

Felldu menn, þás mildan,
mǫrg tôr, í grǫf bôru
(þung byrðr vas sú) þengil
(þeim, es hann gaf seima).
Deildisk hugr, svát heldu
húskarlar grams varla
— siklings þjóð en síðan
sat opt hnipin — vatni.

Menn felldu mǫrg tôr, þás bôru mildan þengil í grǫf; sú vas þung byrðr þeim, es hann gaf seima. Hugr deildisk, svát húskarlar grams heldu varla vatni, en opt síðan sat þjóð siklings hnipin.
‘Men shed many tears when they carried the generous lord to his grave; that was a heavy burden for those to whom he gave gold. The mind was in turmoil, so that the ruler’s housecarls could hardly refrain from weeping, and often thereafter the prince’s people sat drooping.

notes and context

The st. describes people’s grief at Magnús’s burial in Trondheim in 1047.

Magnús Óláfsson was buried in Klemenskirken (Clemenskirkja, the Church of S. Clement) in Trondheim. See also Anon (MH) Lv, Anon Nkt 34-5 and ÞjóðA Lv 1. For a similar display of public emotion at the death of a ruler, see Sturl Hákfl 11.



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: Oddr kíkinaskáld, 1. Et digt om Magnus d. gode 2: AI, 355, BI, 327, Skald I, 165; ÍF 28, 106 (HSig ch. 28), F 1871, 209-10, E 1916, 52-3; ÍF 29, 249 (ch. 54); Fms 6, 236 (HSig ch. 41); Flat 1860-8, III, 334, Mork 1928-32, 147, Andersson and Gade 2000, 186-7, 475 (MH).


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