Björn inn krepphendi is a poet mentioned in the Old Norse kings’ sagas and the purported author of Magnússdrápa, a poem about King Magnús Ólafsson of Norway (d. 1103). Eleven stanzas are preserved in Morkinskinna and Heimskringla and thought to belong to this poem, but of those five are only half-stanzas. The poem is mentioned in the sagas but it is not clear whether all eleven stanzas originally belonged to this poem although they are composed in the same metre.
Editors of the poem tend to follow the order in which the stanzas appear in the kings’ sagas. They seem to concern the campaigns of King Magnús whose nickname was Barelegs, and in the …
Citation: Jakobsson, Ármann. "Björn inn krepphendi". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 18 April 2023 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=14970, accessed 28 September 2023.]