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AM 399 4to

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Guðmundar saga hin elzta; Iceland, 1330-1350

Name
Stefán Karlsson 
Birth
02 December 1928 
Death
02 May 2006 
Occupation
Scholar 
Roles
Scholar 
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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
Resen, Peder Hansen 
Birth
17 June 1625 
Death
01 June 1688 
Occupation
President, historian, learned in the law 
Roles
Owner; Author; publisher 
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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
Guðmundar saga hin elzta
Language of Text

Icelandic

1.1(1r-3v)
No Title
Explicit

“ok annan vansa”

1.2(4r-58v)
No Title
Incipit

undir huassa felle

Explicit

“gerðo þeir vigflaka”

1.3(59r-69v)
No Title
Incipit

brote unnar

Explicit

“firi fiorrad”

1.4(70r-74v)
No Title
Incipit

skírdeige var þar firi

Explicit

“skyllde gera um malin”

Physical Description

Support
Parchment.
No. of leaves
74. Fol 1r was originally blank: 224 mm x 166 mm
Condition
A total of 12 leaves are missing at different places in between the surviving leaves. The lower part of fol 14 is torn out. Here and there smaller damages, tears etc.
Layout
Written in long lines with 24 lines to the page
Script

The manuscript is beautifully written in a large, clear and distinct hand. Stefan Karlsson finds that this hand is identical with the one who, among other manuscripts, wrote the Sturlunga saga in AM 122 a fol

Additions
The originally blank fol. 1r have 1-6 notes on the content in the margin. These are written in the seventeenth century by an untrained hand. Among younger additions to the manucript is the name Ásmundur Klemensson, and a man with this unusual name appears in various sources from the years 1497-1530.
Accompanying Material
On an AM-slip Árni Magnússon wrote: “Denne bog haver universitas Hafniensis laant mig ex Bibliothecâ Resenianâ 1706. og bör den af mig uskaddet at restitueres. A Magnussen”. Another slip, written by Peder Resen is attached: “Codex islandicus mss. in pergamento: agit de aliis atqve aliis Islandiæ Episcopis præsertim de Gudmundo Eposcopo Ariæ filio. Petri Resenii 1685”. The slip was possibly a former fly-leaf

History

Origin
The manuscript was written in Iceland. Kålund (

Katalog vol. I p. 604

) dated it to c. 1300, whereas Stefán Karlsson (

Guðmundar sögur biskups p. xli

) later dated it more precisely to 1330-1350.
Provenance
The manuscript has belonged to Peder Resen, herof its nickname. Nothing is known of its former provenance.
Acquisition
AM 399 4to was one of the manuscripts Peder Resen presented to the University Library in Copenhagen but it was on loan to Árni Magnússon when the library burned down.

Additional

Bibliography

AuthorTitleEditorScope
Biskupa sögured. Hið Íslenzka bókmentafèlagI: p. 412
Guðmundar sögur biskups I: Ævi Guðmundar biskups, Guðmundar saga A, ed. Stefán Karlsson1983; VI
Katalog over Den Arnamagnæanske Håndskriftsamlinged. Kristian KålundI: p. 604
Grönlands historiske Mindesmærkered. Det kongelige nordiske Oldskrift-SelskabII: p. 751
Sturlunga saga Including the Islendinga Saga of Lawman Sturla Thordsson and other Worksed. Guðbrandur Vígfússon1878; I
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