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Markús Skeggjason (Mark)

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

III. 3. Lausavísur (Lv) - 2

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.

Lausavísur — Mark LvIII

Kari Ellen Gade 2017, ‘ Markús Skeggjason, Lausavísur’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 295. <> (accessed 22 May 2022)

stanzas:  1   2 

Skj: Markús Skeggjason: 4. Lausavísur (AI, 452-453, BI, 421)

in texts: Gramm, LaufE, LaufE, Skm, SnE, TGT

SkP info: III, 295

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1. R - 35r/22-35r/24 (VEÞ)
Fiarðliɴa oð faɴir fast veðr liþi rastar hliop of hvi | ta gnipvr hvals þaɴ ivgtaɴi  biorn geck fram afornar floðs hafskiþa | sloþir skvr avrþigr bravt skorþv skers glym fiotvr bersi.
A - 12r/6-12r/8 (VEÞ)
Fiarðlinna óð fannir fast vætrliði rastar | hliop vm hvita gnipvr hvallandz ivgtannia biǫrn gækk fram a fornar flóðs haf | skipa sloðir skvr ǫrðigr brꜹt skorðv skærs glym fiǫtvr bærsi .
W - 108/29-108/29 (TW)
B iorn oð framm a fornar floðs hafskipa gloðer.
2. R - 38v/23-38v/24 (VEÞ)
Sægs mvn ec siðr en eigi sa er illr er brag spillir solar sverri malan sliðr | als regin niþa.
A - 13v/19-13v/20 (VEÞ)
Sǽgs man ec síðr ænn eigi | sa ær illr ær brag spillir sólar sverri málan sliðr áls rægin niða ,̈
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