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Njáls Saga; Eastern Iceland, 1770

Name
Jakob Sigurðsson 
Birth
1727 
Death
1779 
Occupation
Poet 
Roles
Scribe; Author; Poet 
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Name
Norður-Skálanes 
Parish
Vopnafjarðarhreppur 
County
Norður-Múlasýsla 
Region
Austfirðingafjórðungur 
Country
Iceland 
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Name
Copenhagen 
Country
Denmark 
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Name
Katarzyna Anna Kapitan 
Occupation
Researcher 
Roles
Scholar; Cataloguer 
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Contents

1(2r-278v (pp. 1-278))
Njáls saga
Rubric

“Niaals Sꜷgu Bök”

“Þad er | Eirn Partur Af Islendijnga Saugu | I. Capitule”

Incipit

Mørdur hiet madur og var kalladur Gigja

Explicit

“Son Brennu-|flosa var kolbeijrn, Er ägiætastur | madur hefur Eirn vered i þeirre ætt ”

Final Rubric

“og lükumm vier hier So | Brennu Niaals | SØGU”

Colophon

“Skrifud Anno Xti 1770 ä Nijrdra Skälanese | I Vopnafyrde af Jacob Sigurdssijne

Note

The saga is divided into 148 chapters.

Language of Text

Icelandic

2(279r (p. 279))
A Poem about Njáll
Rubric

“Lijtelvæg Liooda Vitnan | Yfer Søguna. ”

Incipit

Niaala ber nafn af Niaale

Explicit

“Haar Ellda bifarz Kaara”

Colophon

“Þad Vitnar JSigurdsSon Med Eigin Hendi

Language of Text

Icelandic

Keywords

Physical Description

Support
Paper. Every other leaf is an additional blank inserted leaf, made of different paper. Watermarks: The coat of arms of Amsterdam (two versions); a Beehive watermark with no text on the plinth; initials "WH"; the text "Zoonen".
No. of leaves
i + 281 + 1 leaves, including the blank inserted leaves. Size of leaves: 193 mm x 152 mm
Foliation

The leaves that contain text are paginated 1-279 while the additional blank leaves are not. Fol. 1-v is blank, 2r-v contains text and is paginated 1-2, 3r-v is blank, 4r-v contains text and is paginated 3-4, etc.

Collation
The paginated leaves have quire signatures from A on f. 2r (and A2 on f. 4r) to Kk3 on f. 278r.
Condition

The inserted blank leaf between f. 278 (pp. 277-278) and 279 (p. 279) is missing.

Layout

The text is written in one column with 27-29 lines per page.

There are catchwords on the verso page of each written leaf.
Script

Written by Jakob Sigurðsson. The main text is written in cursive. The headings are in fraktur.

Decoration

Illuminated 15-lines-tall initial "M" on f. 2r.

Smaller 2-lines-tall flourished initials at the beginnings of chapters.

Additions

  • P. 193: “Þetta skiedi Anno Xtj. 1010 eru nu sijdann 760 aar.”
  • The letter "W" in the margins to denote poetry in the text, for example, pp. 45, 157, 206, 209 etc.

Binding

Fully bound bound in a light brown leather binding.

The spine has six panels, five of them are gilded with a floral motif, one has the embossed title “NIALA”.

The pastedown is made of marbled paper (red, blue, and white).

History

Origin

Written in Norður-Skálanes in Eastern Iceland, 1770.

Acquisition

The Arnamagnæan Collection in Copenhagen purchased the manuscript in the summer of 2002 in the "Søren Vangsgaards antikvariat".

Additional

Record History

Catalogued on 12 September 2018 by Katarzyna Anna Kapitan.

Surrogates

  • Microfilm Neg 2017 from 19 May 2011.
  • Microfilm (archive) 1099 from 24 May 2011.
  • Backup film TS 1295 from 24 May 2011.

Bibliography

AuthorTitleEditorScope
Peter Springborg“Njals saga — 1770”, Grace-notes played for Michael Chesnutt on the occasion of his 60th birthdayed. Jonna Louis-Jensen, ed. Ragnheiður Mósesdóttir2002; p. 4 pp.
Peter Springborg“A recent addition to the Arnamagnæan Collection”, The Arnamagnæan Institute and Dictionary Bulletin2004; 24: p. 17
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