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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, 447

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17 — Mark Eirdr 17II

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  Hörga vardiz herr i borgum; | hialldr ganga var snorud þangad; | hardir kniduz menn ad mordi; | merki bles umm hilmi sterkan: | Eirikr vakti odda skurir; eggiar tyndu lifi seggia; | sungu jarn, enn sæfduz dreingir, | sveiti fell ꜳval-köst heitan. |   [JC]  edit 
 873x Haurga uardiz heʀ i borgum | hialldr ganga var snorud þangad | hardir kniduz menn at mordi | merki bles um hilmi sterkan | Eiʀikr uakti odda skurir | eggiar tyndu lifi seggia | sungu iarn en søfduz dreingir | sueiti fell a ualko᷎st heitan |   [VEÞ]  edit 
 180b Haurda vardizt her j borgum · hialldr ganga uar snarut þangat . hardar kínndur menn ad morde · merke bles · um hilme sterkann · | eiʀikr uakte odda skurir · eggiar tynndu lifi seggia · sunngu jarn en suæfdumzt dreíngir . sueite fieill · | ꜳ ualkaust heitan ·   [JC]  edit 
 1005x haurda vard//ist || vardist her J Borgum  hialldur ganga var snorud | þangad  hardar kindur menn ad mordi  merki blies vm | hilmer sterkann. Eyrykur vacktti Odda ske?örer  eggiar | tyndu lyfi seggia. sungu Jarn enn sæfdust dreinger | sueyte fiell ä Valkaust heytann.   [TW]  edit 

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