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Acc. 17

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Cryptogrammes, spells, formulas etc; Iceland, 1790-1810

Name
Ásgrímur Vigfússon 
Birth
05 July 1758 
Death
19 December 1829 
Occupation
Priest 
Roles
Poet 
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Name
Katarzyna Anna Kapitan 
Occupation
Researcher 
Roles
Scholar; Cataloguer 
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Physical Description

Support
Paper.
No. of leaves
i + 30 + i + i leaves. Size of leaves: 168 mm x 104 mm
Foliation
Foliation in pencil. The leaf foliated 29 is actually a bigger single leaf which had been folded in half and bound together with the other leaves creating two leaves (29 and 29bis), but only one folio number (29) was assigned to them because of the orientation of the text.

There are two rear flyleaves. The first one probably belonged to the previous binding, while the second one is connected to the current binding. The first rear flyleaf is foliated as nr 30, but it is not included in the leaf-count above.

Additions

On the rear flyleaf there are two notes about the provenance of the manuscript. One in red crayon other in black ink.

On fols 1r, 13r, and 29bisv the number “CXXXIX” is written.

Binding

The manuscript is in a library binding. Size of the binding (including the spine): 173 mm x 112 mm.

A turquoise Arnamagnæan label with the shelf mark “Acc. 17” is attached on the top of the spine

A white label with the running number from the catalogue “2840” is attached on the bottom of the spine.

History

Origin

The manuscript was written in Iceland.

Kålund dated the manuscript to ca. 1800 (Katalog over de oldnorsk-islandske Håndskrifter, p. 458).

Provenance
On the first rear flyleaf, there is a note written in red crayon that reads: “Tilhör [Museum] for Nordiske | Oldsager, Köbenhavn.” and “Indlagte papirer ere tilstillede [commisjionen] | af Pastor Asgrim Wigfússon paa Island.”
Acquisition

According to Kålund's catalogue, p. 458, the Arnamagnæan Comission acquired the manuscript from the National Museum (2. department) in 1898.

Additional

Record History

A basic description of this manuscript can be found in Kålund's Katalog over de oldnorsk-islandske Håndskrifter, p. 458.

The digital description of this manuscript was made on 5 February 2019 by Katarzyna Anna Kapitan.

Surrogates
  • Microfilm Neg 554 from 1979.
  • Microfilm Pos. 521.
  • Backup film TS 780 from 02 June 2004.

Contents

Part I ~ Acc. 17 I
1(1r-6r)
Notes on runes
Incipit

Malrúner eda málrunaletr

Note

Various types of alphabets, for example “Hiálmrúner” (fol. 3r), “kellingar Rúner” (fol. 3v), “Finnskar Rúner” (fol. 4r),

Language of Text

Icelandic

Keywords
2(6v-12v)
Stutt undervysan umm Rúner hvad af þær hafi sitt nafn samt um fleira þar ad h...
Rubric

“Stutt undervysan umm Rúner | hvad af þær hafi sitt nafn | samt um fleira þar ad |higgiandi”

Incipit

So finst skrifad i bókum Sæmundar SigfusSonar og Ara ÞorgilsSonar ad mikill lydr mest ur Tirkia | landi

Colophon

“Jon Jonsson”

Note

A short commentary on the origins of runes, with various examples. The last leaf of this manuscript (fol. 29r-v) is an addition to this commentary, it is mentioned in the text on fol. 12r.

Language of Text

Icelandic (primary); Latin

Keywords

Physical Description

Collation

The first part consists of three quires:

  • Quire I: 1+6, 2+5, 3+4.
  • Quire II: 7+10, 8+9.
  • Quire III: 11+12.

History

No history available.

Part II ~ Acc. 17 II
3(13r-28r)
Spells
Rubric

“Enginn mun þinn ovin ef þú ber á þér | þessa stafe: ”

Colophon
Note

Various spells and chants with drawings of magic symbols and various alphabets, for example “Svart Rúnir” (fol. 25v), “Skans Rúnir” (fol. 26v), “Ægiptskt Alphabet” (fol. 27v), “Persiskt Stafrof” (fol. 28r) etc.

Language of Text

Icelandic

Keywords

Physical Description

Collation

The second part consists of three quires:

  • Quire IV: 13+20, 14+19, 15+18, 16+17.
  • Quire V: 21+28, 22+27, 23+26, 24+25.

History

No history available.

Part III ~ Acc. 17 III
4(29v-29bisr)
Notes on runes
Rubric

“Adams letur”

Note

Four types of runic alphabets: “Adams letur”, “Vølsu Rúner edur Steina skrift”, “Klapp rúnir”, “Svørtu Rúnir”.

Keywords

Physical Description

Collation

The third part consists of a single bifolium which which had been folded in half and bound together with the other leaves creating two leaves, but only one folio number was assigned to them because of the orientation of the text.

History

No history available.

Bibliography

AuthorTitleEditorScope
Katalog over de oldnorsk-islandske Håndskrifter i Det store kongelige Bibliotek og i Universitetsbiblioteket samt Den Arnamagnænske Samlings tilvækst 1894-1899ed. Kristian Kålundp. 458
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