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Magnus reigned from A.D. 1035 to 1047, when he died. During the last year of his reign his half-brother Harald Sigurdson was his co-regent.
The history of Magnus is treated
- in "Agrip.", ch. 28-32;
- in "Fagrskinna", ch. 119-146;
- in "Fornmannasogur", part vi.,
- and in "Knytlinga Saga".
The skalds quoted in this saga are:
- Arnor the earls' skald (Arnor Jarlaskald),
- Bjarne Gullbrarskald,
- Thorgeir Flek,
- Od Kikinaskald.