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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Nkt 34II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Anonymous Poems, Nóregs konungatal 34’ 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. 783.

Anonymous PoemsNóregs konungatal

text and translation

Vas tállaust
tolf vetr konungr
mǫnnum þarfr
Magnús góði,
áðr í sótt
Sygna dróttinn
andar missti.

Magnús góði, þarfr mǫnnum, vas konungr tállaust tolf vetr, áðr {dróttinn Sygna}, afreksmaðr, missti andar í sótt.
‘Magnús góði (‘the Good’), beneficial to men, was king without deceit for twelve years, before the lord of the Sygnir [NORWEGIAN KING = Magnús], the outstanding man, lost his life through an illness.

notes and context

Magnús Óláfsson died of an illness in Denmark on 25 October 1047, after having ruled Norway for twelve years (1035-47). Cf. Theodoricus (MHN 55), Ágr (ÍF 29, 37), Mork 1928-32, 140-5, Fsk (ÍF 29, 248), MgóðHkr (ÍF 28, 105).


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: [Anonyme digte og vers XII], [2]. Nóregs konunga-tal 38: AI, 584, BI, 581, Skald I, 282, NN §§88, 2119 Anm.; Flat 1860-8, II, 524.


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