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Árni Magnússon's Letters to Torfæus; Denmark/Iceland, 1689-1704

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
Þormóður Torfason 
Birth
27 May 1636 
Death
31 January 1719 
Occupation
Sagnaritari 
Roles
Owner; Scholar; Marginal 
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Name
Jón Ólafsson eldri 
Birth
25 June 1731 
Death
18 June 1811 
Occupation
Fornritafræðingur 
Roles
Scribe; Author 
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Name
Copenhagen 
Country
Denmark 
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Name
Wedervang-Jensen, Eva 
Birth
26 March 1974 
Occupation
 
Roles
Cataloguer 
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Contents

1(1r-136v)
Letters
Statement of Responsibility
Note

68 letters.

Bibliography

J. Erichsen: Jon Loptsöns Encomiast Two of the letters together with a now lost third letter, are given in a Danish translation in this edition. The lost letter is the first of two letters, dated 6 August 1690.

Language of Text

Icelandic

Physical Description

Support
Paper.
No. of leaves
136.

History

Origin
Written in Denmark and Iceland, 1689-1704
Provenance

The collection of letters was ince the property of Jón Ólafsson of Svefneyjar, who acquired it from an unnamed Icelandic acquaintance.

Acquisition

Jón Ólafsson bequeathed the collection to the Arnamagnæan Foundation in 1786, “da det er at formode at disse Breve virkelig engang have hørt til dette legatum, men ere i den fremfarne Tid blevne det fravendte” (since the letters were likely once the property of the foundation, from which they were later stolen). At that time, according to J. Erichsen, the letters had been missing “næsten i en heel Mandsalder” (for a number of decades).

The collection subsequently found its way to the Royal Library of Copenhagen, where it was miscatalogued, first as part of Kall 140 fol. and later Bølling’s collection of letters (volume T). However, on the 20 of February 1895 the collection was returned to The Arnamagnæan Collection.

Additional

Record History
Catalogued 11 March 2021 by EW-J. The description is based on

Kålund's Katalog over de oldnorsk-islandske Håndskrifter p. 454-55.

Bibliography

AuthorTitleEditorScope
Jon Loptsøns Encomiast, eller en ubenævnt Forfatters Lykønsknings-Vers til ham, indeholdende en Fortegnelse og Tiids-Regning over de norske Enevolds-Konger fra Harald Haarfager indtil Kong Sverrer, med dansk Overs. og nogle Anmærkninger: samt Thormod Torfesens Brev-vexling, med adskillige Lærde, meest Arne Magnussen, angaaende den gamle norske, og tildeels den øvrige nordiske Tiids-Regning, fornemmelig fra Harald Haarfager til Olaf den Helliges Døded. John Erichsen
Katalog over de oldnorsk-islandske Håndskrifter i Det store kongelige Bibliotek og i Universitetsbiblioteket samt Den Arnamagnænske Samlings tilvækst 1894-1899ed. Kristian Kålundp. 454-55
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