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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Okík Magn 3II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Oddr kíkinaskáld, Poem about Magnús góði 3’ 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. 33-4.

Oddr kíkinaskáldPoem about Magnús góði

text and translation

Mák, síz Magnúss ævi
móðfíkins þraut góða
— Odd hafa stríð of staddan —
stillis, harða illa.
Hvarflak hvers manns þurfi;
harmr strangr fær mér angrat;
þjóðs at dǫgling dauðan
dǫpr; því fǫrum * aprir.

Mák harða illa, síz ævi Magnúss góða, móðfíkins stillis, þraut; stríð hafa of staddan Odd. Hvarflak þurfi hvers manns; strangr harmr fær mér angrat; þjóðs dǫpr at dauðan dǫgling; því fǫrum * aprir.
‘I feel sorely grieved since the life of Magnús the good, the valour-greedy lord, came to a close; sorrows have brought Oddr down. I roam around in need of company; strong grief besets me; people are mournful about the dead monarch; therefore we wander around downcast.

notes and context

As st. 2 above, but recounting Oddr’s personal grief.



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.

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