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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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Lék of Ljóðhús fíkjum
limsorg náar himni;
vítt vas ferð á flótta
fús; gaus eldr ór húsum.

{Limsorg} lék fíkjum náar himni of Ljóðhús; vítt vas ferð fús á flótta; eldr gaus ór húsum.

{The branch-sorrow} [FIRE] played fiercely near the sky throughout Lewis; far and wide the crowds were eager for flight; fire gushed from houses.

Mss: (597r), 39(34rb), E(33v), J2ˣ(310r), 42ˣ(10v) (Hkr); H(88v), Hr(61rb) (H-Hr)

Readings: [2] limsorg: lundsorg 42ˣ, limsorg óð Hr    [3] vas (‘var’): varð 39, E, J2ˣ, 42ˣ, Hr;    ferð: ‘friþr’ 39

Editions: Skj AI, 435, Skj BI, 405, Skald I, 200; ÍF 28, 219 (Mberf ch. 8), E 1916, 118; Fms 7, 41 (Mberf ch. 20).

Context: 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).

Notes: [All]: 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. — [1] fíkjum ‘fiercely’: See Note to Valg Har 3/2. — [3] vas ferð ‘the crowds were’: Lit. ‘the crowd was’ (sg.).

References

  1. Bibliography
  2. Fms = Sveinbjörn Egilsson et al., eds. 1825-37. Fornmanna sögur eptir gömlum handritum útgefnar að tilhlutun hins norræna fornfræða fèlags. 12 vols. Copenhagen: Popp.
  3. Skald = Kock, Ernst Albin, ed. 1946-50. Den norsk-isländska skaldediktningen. 2 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  4. ÍF 26-8 = Heimskringla. Ed. Bjarni Aðalbjarnarson. 1941-51.
  5. E 1916 = Finnur Jónsson, ed. 1916. Eirspennill: AM 47 fol. Nóregs konunga sǫgur: Magnús góði – Hákon gamli. Kristiania (Oslo): Den norske historiske kildeskriftskommission.
  6. ÍF 29 = Ágrip af Nóregskonunga sǫgum; Fagrskinna—Nóregs konungatal. Ed. Bjarni Einarsson. 1985.
  7. Internal references
  8. Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘Heimskringla (Hkr)’ 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 [check printed volume for citation].
  9. Diana Whaley 2012, ‘Fagrskinna (Fsk)’ in Diana Whaley (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 1: From Mythical Times to c. 1035. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 1. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. clix-clxi.
  10. Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘Hulda and Hrokkinskinna (H-Hr)’ 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 [check printed volume for citation].
  11. Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘Morkinskinna (Mork)’ 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 [check printed volume for citation].
  12. Not published: do not cite (MberfII)
  13. Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Valgarðr á Velli, Poem about Haraldr harðráði 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. 302-3.
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