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Máni (Máni)

12th century; volume 2; ed. Kari Ellen Gade;

Lausavísur (Lv) - 3

Skj info: Máni, Islandsk skjald, 12-13 årh. (AI, 538-9, BI, 519-20).

Skj poems:
Lausavísur

Skáldatal (SnE 1848-87, III, 255, 264, 277) lists Máni, or Skáld-Máni (Máni), as one of Magnús Erlingsson’s court poets. Nothing is known about his family, but he must have been an Icelander, because he later returned to Iceland and is mentioned in Stu (see Máni Lv 4IV). He appears in a rather pitiful condition at Magnús’s court in May 1184 after a pilgrimage to Rome (ÍF 30, 130). It is not known what happened to him after Magnús’s death (on 15 June 1184), but he may have joined the retinue of Magnús’s opponent, Sverrir Sigurðarson, before returning to Iceland (so LH 1894-1901, II, 76; SnE 1848-87, III, 644). He was still alive c. 1215, when he composed a st. about the gifts which the Norw. jarl Hákon galinn ‘the Crazy’ sent to Snorri Sturluson in Iceland in return for a praise poem that Snorri had presented to the jarl (see Máni Lv 4IV). Máni is said to have composed a panegyric about Magnús Erlingsson, but nothing is preserved of that poem. Of his poetic oeuvre, five sts survive: three in Sv (Lv 1-3 below), one in Stu Ísls (Máni Lv 4IV) and one in SnE (Skm) and TGT (Máni Lv 5III).

Lausavísur — Máni LvII

Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘(Introduction to) Máni, Lausavísur’ 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. 641-4.

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Skj: Máni: Lausavísur (AI, 538-9, BI, 519-20); stanzas (if different): 4 | 5

in texts: Sv

SkP info: II, 641-4

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1 Vol. 2. Máni, Lausavísur, 1 [Vol. 2, 641-2] — Máni Lv 1II

The following text is from a superseded edition and is not the work of the editor(s) named on this page. It is included for reference only. Do not refer to this site when using this text but rather consult the original edition (Skj where relevant).

Byr gef brátt, enn ǫrvi,
Bjǫrgynjar til mǫrgum
(þess biðjum vér) þjóðum,
þungstóls konungr sólar;
angrar oss, þats lengi
útnyrðingr heldr fyrðum,
vindr's til seinn at sundi
sunnrœnn, í dys Unnar.

Skj: Máni: Lausavísur 1 (AI, 538; BI, 519); dróttkvætt; ed. KEG; group: A2; mss: 327; texts: Sv 7
 
2 Vol. 2. Máni, Lausavísur, 2 [Vol. 2, 642-3] — Máni Lv 2II

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Slœgr ferr gaurr með gígju,
ginn's hér komit inni,
(meiðr hefr skjaldar skóða
skrípalôt) ok pípur;
rekkr lætr rauða bikkju,
rækið skvaldr, fyr aldir
skulut hlýða því þjóðir,
(þat's skaup) of staf hlaupa.

Skj: Máni: Lausavísur 2 (AI, 539; BI, 520); dróttkvætt; ed. KEG; group: A2; mss: 327; texts: Sv 8
 
3 Vol. 2. Máni, Lausavísur, 3 [Vol. 2, 643-4] — Máni Lv 3II

The following text is from a superseded edition and is not the work of the editor(s) named on this page. It is included for reference only. Do not refer to this site when using this text but rather consult the original edition (Skj where relevant).

Gígja syngr, þars ganga
grípa menn til pípu,
fœra fólsku stóra
framm leikarar bleikir;
undr's, hvé augum vendir
umb sás þýtr í trumbu;
kníðan lítk á kauða
kjapt ok blásna hvapta.

Skj: Máni: Lausavísur 3 (AI, 539; BI, 520); dróttkvætt; ed. KEG; group: A2; mss: 327; texts: Sv 9
 
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