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Bkrepp Magndr 5II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Bjǫrn krepphendi, Magnússdrápa 5’ 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. 399-400.

Bjǫrn krepphendiMagnússdrápa
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fíkjum ‘fiercely’

fíkjum (adv.): fiercely

notes

[1] fíkjum ‘fiercely’: See Note to Valg Har 3/2.

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lim ‘The branch’

2. lim (noun n.; °; -): limb < limsorg (noun f.)

[2] limsorg: lundsorg 42ˣ, limsorg óð Hr

kennings

Limsorg
‘The branch-sorrow ’
   = FIRE

The branch-sorrow → FIRE
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sorg ‘sorrow’

sorg (noun f.; °-ar; -ir): sorrow, affliction < limsorg (noun f.)

[2] limsorg: lundsorg 42ˣ, limsorg óð Hr

kennings

Limsorg
‘The branch-sorrow ’
   = FIRE

The branch-sorrow → FIRE
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náar ‘near’

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vítt ‘far and wide’

víðr (adj.): far

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vas ‘were’

2. vera (verb): be, is, was, were, are, am

[3] vas (‘var’): varð 39, E, J2ˣ, 42ˣ, Hr

notes

[3] vas ferð ‘the crowds were’: Lit. ‘the crowd was’ (sg.).

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ferð ‘the crowds’

ferð (noun f.; °-ar; -ir/-arMork 196¹²)): host, journey

[3] ferð: ‘friþr’ 39

notes

[3] vas ferð ‘the crowds were’: Lit. ‘the crowd was’ (sg.).

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gaus ‘gushed’

gjósa (verb): gush

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Stanzas 5-9 document Magnús’s harrying in the Hebrides, along the coast of Scotland and on the Isle of Man during his first campaign to the west in 1098 (see Introduction to the poem above).

The half-st. is recorded in Hkr and H-Hr only, where it is given as ll. 1-4 of our st. 7. According to the prose of Mork, F and Fsk (ÍF 29, 307), Magnús first descended on the island of Lewis in his series of attacks on the Hebrides.

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