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The Third Grammatical Treatise (TGT)

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The Third Grammatical Treatise (TGT)

ed. Tarrin Wills

part of: Málfrœðiritgerðirnar

This text is based on Tarrin Wills’s unpublished 2001 edition and is in progress.

Faulkes' editorial method (Skm li):

Parts at least of Skáldskaparmál appear in all seven of the manuscripts of the Prose Edda that have independent textual value. On the dates and relationships of these manuscripts see Faulkes 2005, xxviii–xxxi. It is assumed that R, which has the fullest text of any of the medieval manuscripts, represents the contents and arrangement of the Prose Edda in the form nearest to that in which Snorri left it; the second part of Skáldskaparmál in W is clearly a later redaction of the material, and U is verbally shortened and carelessly copied to the point of incomprehensibility in many places. So even though additions and other changes may have been made to Snorri’s text in R too, it has usually been the manuscript on which the text of editions of the work have been based. Where there are gaps in the text, and where it is clearly corrupt and incomprehensible, it is filled out, mainly from T and W.

Emended words in the text are marked with an asterisk;

where a word that is in R is omitted from the text or the order of words is changed, † is printed.

Words or letters accidentally omitted by the scribe are included in angle brackets ‹ ›,

illegible words or letters are supplied in square brackets [ ] (some words are now illegible in R or have disappeared which are visible either in the facsimile edition or in the photographs that were made before the most recent restoration of the manuscript, and brackets are not normally used for these; sometimes, too, words seem to have been visible to Finnur Jónsson that are now unclear or illegible, and these are often accepted as certain).

The textual notes list all the places where the readings of R have been departed from, giving the original readings and the source of the emendation in the same normalised form as the rest of the text (where it is necessary to give the spelling of the manuscript, it is put in inverted commas; readings from manuscripts other than R are quoted either from the facsimile editions or from photographs, though where they are unclear, readings from SnE 1848–87 and 1924 have sometimes been accepted).

A few of the more interesting and significant variants in other manuscripts, in particular some of the additional lines of verse, are included in the General Notes.

AM 242 fol (Wx) 94-111  image  edit
AM 744 4°x (744) 1r-11v  image  edit
AM 746 4°x 1r-30v  image  edit
AM 748 I b 4° (A) 1r-8v; 7r-14v  image  edit
AM 757 b 4° (w) 1r-2v  image  edit
Lbs 400 4°x (400x) 183r-219r  image  edit
Lbs 1116 4°x (1116) 100v-121r  image  edit

editions of text:  1818, 1848, 1852, 1884, 1927, 1998

Kviðuháttr verses in praise of a Norwegian ruler
Málaháttr verses in praise of a Christian ruler
Stanzas from TGT put together by FJ (1)
Verses about a battle (?Stiklarstaðir)
Verses about a woman



FJFinnur Jónsson, 1927
BMÓBjörn M. Ólsen, 1884
AA ms.(AM 748 I b 4°)
WW ms.(AM 242 fol)
BB ms.(AM 757 a 4°)
CCollings Translation
PPriscianus, Institutiones Grammaticae
DDonatus, Ars Maior
MMurethac, In Donati artem Maiorem
SSedulius Scottus, In Donati artem Maiorem
LArs Laureshamensis

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