Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Markús Skeggjason (Mark)

12th century; volume 2; ed. Jayne Carroll;

Eiríksdrápa (Eirdr) - 32

Skj info: Markús Skeggjason, Isl. lovsigemand og skjald, d. 1107. (AI, 444-53, BI, 414-21).

Skj poems:
1. Eiríksdrápa
2. Knútsdrápa(?)
3. Kristsdrápa(?)
4. Lausavísur

Markús Skeggjason (Mark) was the son of Skeggi Bjarnason and possibly a brother of the poet Þórarinn Skeggjason (ÞSkegg). He was lawspeaker in Iceland from 1084 until his death on 15 October 1107. In Íslendingabók (Íslb, ÍF 1, 22) he is named as an important informant for Ari Þorgilsson about the lives of the earlier lawspeakers in Iceland. He had gained this information from his brother, father and grandfather. Markús appears to have had close ties to the Church: during his time as lawspeaker, and with his guidance, Gizurr Ísleifsson, bishop of Skálholt (1081-1118), established the Icel. tithe laws (ÍF 1, 22). Markús was among the most respected poets in the canon of the C13th and he is cited often in SnE and TGT (see below).

In Skáldatal, Markús is associated with S. Knútr Sveinsson of Denmark (d. 1086), Eiríkr inn góði ‘the Good’ Sveinsson of Denmark (d. 1103), and Ingi Steinkelsson of Sweden (d. 1110) (SnE 1848-87, III, 252, 258, 260, 267, 271, 283, see also 348-53). An extended hrynhent poem about Eiríkr (Mark Eirdr), composed after his death in 1103, and one helmingr about ‘Sveinn’s brother’, probably S. Knútr (Mark KnútdrIII), survive, alongside one helmingr and a couplet from a possible drápa about Christ (Mark KristdrIII) and two lvv. (Mark Lv 1-2III). Aside from Eirdr, all of Markús’s extant poetry is transmitted in SnE or TGT, and it has been edited in SkP III.

Eiríksdrápa (‘Drápa about Eiríkr’) — Mark EirdrII

Jayne Carroll 2009, ‘(Introduction to) Markús Skeggjason, Eiríksdrápa’ in Kari Ellen Gade (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 2: From c. 1035 to c. 1300. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 2. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 432-60.

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Skj: Markús Skeggjason: 1. Eiríksdrápa, o. 1104 (AI, 444-52, BI, 414-20); stanzas (if different): 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | 21 | 22 | 23 | 24 | 25 | 26 | 27 | 28 | 29 | 30 | 31 | 32

SkP info: II, 442

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10 — Mark Eirdr 10II

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Cite as: Jayne Carroll (ed.) 2009, ‘Markús Skeggjason, Eiríksdrápa 10’ in Kari Ellen Gade (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 2: From c. 1035 to c. 1300. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 2. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 442.

Stóra sótti Haralds hlýri
helga dóma út frá Rómi;
hringum varði áttkonr yngva
auðig skrín ok golli rauðu.
Mildingr fór of munka veldi
móðum fœti sôl at bœta;
sveitir kníði allvaldr útan;
Eirekr vas til Róms í þeiri.

{Hlýri Haralds} sótti stóra helga dóma út frá Rómi; {áttkonr yngva} varði auðig skrín hringum ok rauðu golli. Mildingr fór móðum fœti of veldi munka at bœta sôl; allvaldr kníði sveitir útan; Eirekr vas til Róms í þeiri.

{Haraldr’s brother} [= Eiríkr] visited great holy relics outside Rome; {the descendant of a king} [KING] adorned rich shrines with rings and red gold. The generous one went on weary foot through the monks’ empire to redeem his soul; the mighty ruler urged his men back; Eiríkr came to Rome on that [journey].

texts: Knýtl 39

editions: Skj Markús Skeggjason: 1. Eiríksdrápa 12 (AI, 446-7; BI, 416); Skald I, 205, NN §2789; 1741, 148-9, ÍF 35, 218 (ch. 74).


Jón Ólafsson 1741 (JÓ) 148 - 148 (Knýtl)  transcr.  image  
NKS 873 4°x (873x) 49v, 19 - 49v, 26 (Knýtl)  transcr.  image  
AM 20 b I fol (20b I) 7r, 22 - 7r, 24 (Knýtl)  transcr.  image  
AM 180 b fol (180b) 29v, 21 - 29v, 23 (Knýtl)  transcr.  image  
AM 1005 4°x (1005x) 41r, 1 - 41r, 5 (Knýtl)  transcr.  
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