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AM 181 b fol.

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Riddarasögur; Útskálar, Iceland, 1638-1652

Name
Þorsteinn Björnsson 
Occupation
 
Roles
Undetermined 
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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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Name
Springborg, Peter 
Birth
28 January 1938 
Occupation
 
Roles
Scholar 
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Name
Sigurður Björnsson 
Birth
01 February 1643 
Death
03 September 1723 
Occupation
Lögmaður 
Roles
Owner; Scribe 
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Name
Iceland 
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Filiation

AM 181 a-l originally were components of a single paper manuscript containing Riddarasögur. This codex was commisioned by Þorsteinn Björnsson, who was the minister of Útskálar on the Reykjanes peninsula in south-western Iceland from 1638 to 1660. During his years in office, Þorsteinn had much medieval Icelandic litterature copied. His source for the riddarasögur now in 181 was Stockholm Perg. 4to nr. 6.

1(1r-6v)
Erex saga
Rubric

“Hier hefst | saga af Erex | Artus kappa”

Language of Text

Icelandic

2(6v-13v)
Samsonar saga fagra
Rubric

“Hier hefur | saga af Sam|sone fagra”

3(14r-17r)
Mǫttuls saga
Rubric

“Hier byriar mǫ|ttuls Søgu”

Bibliography
4(17v)
Krukkspá
Note

The text of Krukkspá has been overscored in a such manner that is is now nearly illegible

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Physical Description

Support

Paper.

No. of leaves
17. 294 mm x 193 mm
Foliation

The leaves were foliated twice. The original numbers written in the upper right-hand corners: 532-548. Kålund later foliated this part 1-17 on the recto-leaves, between the columns.

Layout

Written in double columns with 51 to 59 lines to each page.

Script

Written in three different hands. The first hand wrote ff. 1ra-11vb.

The second hand wrote ff. 11vb-13vb.

The third hand wrote ff. 14ra-17rb.

Binding

Bound in cardboard cover; on the front cover a table of contents is found: “Artus Kappa Sögur. videl. | 1.) Erreks Saga. | 2.) Samsonar Fagra Saga | Möttuls saga”.

History

Origin

AM 181 fol is written at Útskálar, Iceland. Kålund dated it to c. 1650 (Katalog), but according to Slay it was probably copied between 1638 and 1652 (Slay 1972, p. 23a). Peter Springborg, however, thinks that the manuscript was mainly written in the 1640es (Springborg 1977 p. 81-86).

Provenance

AM 181 fol. belonged to the man who commissioned the manuscript, Þorsteinn Björnsson (1612-75). Subsequently lögmaður Sigurður Björnsson took it into possession.

AM 181 a-l fol. once belonged to the same codex but they were divided into smaller components and AM 181 d and g-l fol. are now transferred to Iceland.

Additional

Record History

Catalogued 2002-02-22 by EW-J.

Bibliography

AuthorTitleEditorScope
Erex saga Artuskappa, ed. Foster W. Blaisdell1965; XIX
Mǫttuls saga, ed. Marianne E. Kalinke1987; XXX
Katalog over Den Arnamagnæanske Håndskriftsamlinged. Kristian Kålund
Romances: Perg. 4:o Nr. 6 in The Royal Library, Stockholm, Early Icelandic Manuscripts in Facsimileed. D. Slay1972; X
Peter Springborg“Antiqvæ Historiæ Lepores: Om renæssancen i den islandske håndskriftproduktion i 1600-tallet”, 1977; VIII: p. 53-89
E. F. HalvorsenKarlamagnus saga and some religious texts AM 180 a and b fol, Early Icelandic manuscripts in facsimile1989; 18
Agnete Loth“Sønderdelte arnamagnæanske papirhåndskrifter”, p. 113-142
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