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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, 452-3

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23 — Mark Eirdr 23II

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  Vida setti visdoms grædir | virki skryddar höfud-kirkiur, | gjörva let þar holl-vinr herjar | hrein musteri fimm af steini: | varu þau med trygdar tiri | tida flaust er gramr let smida | bödvar sniallr oc beztr ad öllu | bordi merkt fyrir Saxland nordan. |   [JC]  edit 
 873x Vida setti uisdoms grędir | uirki skryddar høfudkirkiur | giørva let þar hollvinr heriar | hrein musteri fimm af steini | uaru þau med trygdartiri | tida flaust er gramr let smida | boduar sniallr oc beztr at o᷎llu | bordi merkt fyrir Saxland nordan. |   [VEÞ]  edit 
 20b I Viða setti uisdams | grøðir virki skryddar hꜹfud kyrkiur giorva let þar holluinr heriar hrein musteri v or steini | voru þꜹ med trẏgðar tiri tiða flꜹst er gramr let smiða bꜹðuar sniallr ok beztr ꜹllu. bor | di merktr firi saxlands nor[...]n   [JC]  edit 
 180b Vida sette uisdom grædir uirki skryddar ho᷎fud kirkiur giora leit þar hollr uínr hierud ok musteri | ú af steíne hreínum . woru þau med treygdar tiri · tida flaustr er gramr leit sidan · bauduar sníallr ok bestr ad aullu | borde merktr firi saxa nordan :   [JC]  edit 

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