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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Nkt 44II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Anonymous Poems, Nóregs konungatal 44’ 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. 789-90.

Anonymous PoemsNóregs konungatal

text and translation

Fór málsnjallr
Magnús konungr
til Írlands
ungr at herja.
Varð ágætr
Eysteins faðir
fleina flaug
felldr í þeiri.

Málsnjallr Magnús konungr fór ungr til Írlands at herja. {Ágætr faðir Eysteins} varð felldr í {þeiri flaug fleina}.
‘Eloquent King Magnús went young to Ireland to harry. The famous father of Eysteinn [= Magnús] was killed in that flight of spears [BATTLE].

notes and context

Magnús fell in battle in Ulster on 24 August 1103. See Theodoricus (MHN 63), Ágr (ÍF 29, 46-7), Mork 1928-32, 332-7, Fsk (ÍF 29, 312-15), MberfHkr (ÍF 28, 234-7), Þham Magndr 5.


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 49: AI, 585, BI, 583-4, Skald I, 284; Flat 1860-8, II, 525.


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