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AM 39 fol.

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Heimskringla; Iceland, 1276-1325

Name
Árni Magnússon 
Birth
13 November 1663 
Death
07 January 1730 
Occupation
Professor, Arkivsekretær (Secretary of the Royal Archives) 
Roles
Scholar; Author; Scribe; Poet 
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Name
Sigríður Erlendsdóttir 
Birth
1653 
Occupation
 
Roles
Owner 
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Name
Jón Guðmundsson 
Birth
1558 
Death
07 February 1634 
Occupation
Priest 
Roles
Correspondent; Scribe 
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Name
Oddur 
Occupation
Priest 
Roles
Owner 
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Name
Þórður Jónsson 
Death
27 October 1670 
Occupation
Priest 
Roles
Owner; Marginal 
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Name
Þorsteinn Þórðarson 
Occupation
 
Roles
Owner 
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Name
Magnús Jónsson 
Death
1684 
Occupation
Prestur; Lögsagnari 
Roles
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Name
Kålund, Kristian Peter Erasmus 
Birth
19 August 1844 
Death
04 July 1919 
Occupation
Librarian, scholar 
Roles
Scholar 
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Contents

1(1-43)
Heimskringla
Author

Snorri Sturluson

Language of Text

Non

1.2(1ra-2vb)
Hákonar saga góðaHákonar saga Aðalsteinsfóstri
Incipit

sva sem faðir hans gerði

Explicit

“Fyʀ rauð fenris varra”

1.3(3ra-4vb)
Haralds saga gráfeldar
Incipit

segir konungr at hann uilldi hafa

Explicit

“er farit haf |ði um sumarit”

1.4(5ra-10vb)
Ólafs saga Tryggvasonar
1.4.1(5ra-5vb)
No Title
Incipit

banvænn ok nær orviti

Explicit

“siðan fylcði Jarl avellinom ok eggiaþi Ragnfreð til”

Note

This fragment goes from chapter 11-17

1.4.2(6ra-6vb)
No Title
Incipit

Otta keisari for aptr isaxland iriki sit

Explicit

“ok var allra hunda bæztr atti olafr hann lengi siþan”

Note

This fragment goes from the beginning of chapter 29 to the end of chapter 35.

1.4.3(7ra-8vb)
No Title
Incipit

Eiriks drapo Mioc let margar sneckior

Explicit

“Sendi hæim siþan oc fecc hann af þvi”

Note

This fragment goes from chapter 40-50.

1.4.4(9ra-9vb)
No Title
Incipit

eigi hvat lið þat var. var þa

Explicit

“en er konungr kom þar sem goðin”

1.4.5(10ra-10vb)
No Title
Incipit

sem scyndiligaz með letti scuto ok fair menn a

Explicit

“oc varð i þeiri ferð mart þat er ifrasogn er fært.”

1.5(11ra-12ra:16)
Ólafs saga helga
Incipit

sama stad sem læðit hafði verit

Explicit

“frialsara enn aþʀ”

1.6(12ra:13-18va:12)
Magnúss saga góða
Incipit

Magɴvs olafsson byriaði ferð sina ep |tir iolin

Explicit

“þessa riki er guð hofr mic eignar latið”

1.7(18va:13-32va:20)
Haralds saga harðráða
1.7.1(18va:13-26vb:37)
No Title
Incipit

Haraldr |son |sigurðar sýr. broðir olafs konungs |hins helga

Explicit

“at konungr hafði. xvi. scip. en. Guthormr v. þa bað”

1.7.2(27ra:1-31vb:37)
No Title
Incipit

þrænda hofþingiar var þat ok mikill herr ok friðr

Explicit

“bana maðr hans ef ec sægða til hans”

1.7.3(32ra:1-32va:20)
No Title
Incipit

ok baðir forvitra voro þeir baþir

Explicit

“var hann vinsæll konungr af allri al þýðo”

1.8(32va:20-33ra:37)
Ólafs saga kyrra
Incipit

32va:20-21Olafr |var æinn konungr yfir noregi eptir andlat magnus broður sins

Explicit

33ra:37undir hans riki”

1.9(33rb:1-36va:11)
Magnúss saga berfætts
Incipit

Magnus son olafs konungs var þegar tekinn til konungs

Explicit

“toco synir magnus konungs hann ihinn mesta | kǽrlæic ”

1.10(36va:12-40vb:36)
Magnússona saga
Incipit

Eptir fall magnus konungs berfæts toco synir hans konung dom |inoregi

Explicit

“var þ,a bæði ar ok friði”

1.11(40vb:37-43va:28)
Magnúss saga blinda ok Haralds gilla
1.11.1(40vb:37-42vb:37)
upphaf magnús sonar Sigurðar konungr
Rubric

“upphaf magnús sonar Sigurðar konungr”

Incipit

Magnus son sigurðar konungs var tekinn til konungs ioslo

Explicit

“Eptir þat sotto þeir ollo liþino at castalanom ok skipoðo

1.11.2(43ra:1-43va:28)
No Title
Incipit

Sigurðr var ibarnesko fettr til bocar

Explicit

“hinni forno”

1.12(43va:29-43vb)
Inga sag ok brœðra hans
Explicit

“at hann var illa gengr meþan hann lifði”

Physical Description

Support

Parchment.

No. of leaves
43. 290 mm x 215 mm
Foliation

The first 40 columns are numbered 1-40. Foliation in the upper right-hand corner is found on fols 3r, 7r, 9r, 10r, 11r.

Collation

There are 9 gatherings:

  • I (4 leaves): 1+4, 2+3 conjugate
  • II (2 leaves): 5+6 conjugate
  • VI (3 leaves):8+10 conjugate, 9 is a singleton
  • V (8 leaves): 11+18, 12+17, 13+16, 14+15 conjugate
  • VI (8 leaves): 19+26, 20+25, 21+24, 22+23
  • VII(5 leaves): 27+31, 28+29 conjugate, 30 is a singleton
  • VIII (7 leaves): 32+38, 33+36, 34+35 conjugate, 37 is a singleton
  • IX (5 leaves): 39+43, 41+42 conjugate 40 is a singleton.

Condition

The leaves of the codex are blackened and damaged, especially the 10 first leaves because of their former use as bindings. As a result of trimming these 10 leaves are also slightly smaller than the other leaves.

Layout

The manuscript is written in double columns. The number of lines per column varies from 36 to 38. Rubrics are in red.

Decoration

The major initials on fol. 12r (the beginning of Magnúss saga góða) and on fol. 18v are litterae florissae with branches and leaves.

The black pen-flourished majuscules that open each chapter fill two or three lines. They seems to be younger than the text and many of them are extended in the margin.

Additions

At the bottom of fol. 7v Árni Magnússon has written:“þetta blad kom til mïn ur Middolum 1704 in April”, and at the bottom of fol. 9r he has written:“Utan af qvere fra Sigride Erlendzdottur Olafs sonar prests ad Melstad

Binding

The manuscript is bound in a BD-standard binding with black leather spine and leathered cornerpieces. 290 mm x 245 mm x 62 mm

Accompanying Material

Árni Magnússon has written some information about the acquisition of fols 1-6 and 8 and 10 on four accompanying slips; their content is given above under acquisition.

History

Origin

Written in Iceland c. 1300.

Provenance

According to Árni Magnússon

Acquisition

Árni Magnússon has provided some information concerning the acquisition of fols 1-6, 8 and 10 on four accompanying slips.

  • The note pertaining to fols 1 and 4 reads:“Þesse 2 blod feck eg ä Skarde ä Skardzstrond 1703. og voru þau utanum qver er att hafdi Sr Jon Gudmundson i Hitardal (helldur enn Sr Oddur, eg man þad öglogt)”
  • The note pertaining to fols 2-3 reads: “Þesse 2 blod voru utanum Eyrbyggiu er Þorsteinn Þordarson feck mier anno 1686. hver — Eyrbyggia komin var fra Sr Þorde Jonssyne i Hitardal
  • The note pertaining to fols 5 and 6 is the same as the first note.
  • The note pertaining to fols 8 and 10 reads:“þetta blad (i.e. fols 8 and 10) var utan um qver er att hafdi fader minn M I S”. At the bottom of fol. 7v Árni Magnússon has written: “þetta blad kom til mïn ur Middolum 1704 in April”
  • At the bottom of fol. 9r he has written: “Utan af qvere fra Sigride Erlendzdottur Olafs sonar prests ad Melstad
  • Regarding fols 11-43 no further information is given, but according to Kristian Kålund a brief note on fol. 40v in AM 435 a 4to possibly refers to these leaves: “Ur Snorra Sturlu sonar æfe Noregs konunga fragment. folio”.

Additional

Record History

Catalogued 25.08.1999. by EW-J. Parsed 26.07.2000. Checked 14.04.2001 by MJD. Amended 07.01.2005 by JA.

Custodial History

The manuscript was photographed in 1970.

During the conservation from 10.02.1970-20.02.1970 the manuscript was separated and some brown strips were removed.

During the conservation from 18.02.1971-28.05.1971 the leaves were restored and attached to meeting guards. In this period the manuscript was rebound.

Surrogates

The manuscript was photographed in 1970; AMI has the following copies: 70 mm 70mm146 b/w prints AM 39 fol.

Bibliography

AuthorTitleEditorScope
Jonna Louis-JensenKongesagastudier: Kompilationen Hulda-Hrokkinskinna, 1977; XXXII
Gustav StormSnorre Sturlassöns Historieskrivning
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