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Markús Skeggjason (Mark)

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

Eiríksdrápa (Eirdr) - 32

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.

stanzas:  1   2   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 

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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Note: The following transcriptions have been entered to aid the editing process. These may not have been fully reviewed and checked and may therefore not be reliable. You may wish to consult the manuscript images. Any corrections can be notified to the database editor.

  Stora sötti Haralldz hlyri | helga doma ut fra Romi, | hringum vardi att-konr ynva | audig skrin oc gulli raudu: | milldingr for umm Munka velldi | modum fæti sal at bæta; | sveitir knidi all-valldr utan, | Eirikr var til Roms i þeiri.   [JC]  edit 
 873x Stora sotti Haralldz hlyri | helga doma ut fra Romi | hringum uardi attkonr yngva | audig skrin oc gulli raudu | milldingr for um munka uelldi | modum føti sál at bøta | Sueitir knidi allualldr utan | Eirikr uar til Roms i þeiʀi. |   [VEÞ]  edit 
 20b I Stora sotti haralldz hlyri. helga doma ut fra romi. hringum eyddi attkonr | yngua ꜹðig skrin m gulli rꜹðu. milldingr for vm munka uelldi moðum fø᷎ti sal | at bøta sueitir kniði allualldr utan. Eirikr var til roms i þeiri.   [JC]  edit 
 180b Stora sotte haʀallz hlyre · helga doma . ut fra ʀomí · hringum vannde · ad kon ynngva · audig skri j gulle ʀaudu · mílldingr for munnka uellde · modum fæte sal ad bæta · Sueitir kenndu alluallz | utan · eiʀikr uar til ʀoms j þeiʀe ·   [JC]  edit 
 1005x Stóra socktti haralldz hlý|re helga doma v̇t fra röme  hringum vandi ad kom ýn|gva  audig skrýn J gulli raudu  milldingur fyrer Mv̈ka | velldi  Mödum fæti sál ad bæta  sueyter kiendu all|vallz vtan. Eyrykur var til roms J þeirre.   [TW]  edit 

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