Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Markús Skeggjason (Mark)

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

Eiríksdrápa (Eirdr) - 32

Skj info: Markús Skeggjason, Isl. lovsigemand og skjald, d. 1107. (AI, 444-53, BI, 414-21).

Skj poems:
1. Eiríksdrápa
2. Knútsdrápa(?)
3. Kristsdrápa(?)
4. Lausavísur

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.

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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, 454-5

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25 — Mark Eirdr 25II

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lemmatised words

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allr (adj.) ‘all...’ǫll 25/3

3á (prep.) ‘on, at...’ — 25/4

1byskup (noun m.) [°-s/-(cf. [$489$]), dat. -i/-; -ar] ‘bishop...’byskups 25/8

Danmǫrk (noun f.) ‘[Denmark]...’ — 25/1

danskr (adj.) ‘Danish...’danska 25/4

dróttinn (noun m.) [°dróttins, dat. dróttni (drottini [$1049$]); dróttnar] ‘lord, master...’ — 25/1

dýrka (verb) [°-að-] ‘glorify, worship...’dýrkar 25/3

dǫglingr (noun m.) [°; -ar] ‘king, ruler...’dǫglings 25/2

eljun (noun f.) [°eljunar] ‘energy...’ — 25/4

eljunþungr (adj.) — 25/4

erki- ((prefix)) ‘arch-...’erki 25/3

erkistóll (noun m.) [°·stóls, dat. ·stóli/stól; ·stólar] ‘archbishopric...’erkistól 25/3

frá (prep.) ‘from...’ — 25/2

1fregna (verb) ‘hear of...’ — 25/6

fremja (verb) ‘advance, perform...’framði 25/5

grund (noun f.) ‘earth, land...’grundar 25/2

hann (pron.) [°gen. hans, dat. honum; f. hon, gen. hennar, acc. hana] ‘he, she, it, they, them......’hônum 25/7

heilagr (adj.) [°helgan; compar. -ari, superl. -astr] ‘holy, sacred...’heilagt 25/5

hildingr (noun m.) [°; -ar] ‘king, ruler...’ — 25/5

himinn (noun m.) [°himins, dat. himni; himnar] ‘heaven, sky...’himna 25/8

hvargegn (adj.) ‘[that very capable]...’hvargegnan 25/6

hǫlðr (noun m.) [°-s; -ar] ‘man...’haulda 25/7

í (prep.) ‘in, into...’ — 25/1

láta (verb) ‘let, have sth done...’lét 25/1

1lundr (noun m.) [°-ar, dat. -i/-; -ar] ‘grove, tree...’Lundi 25/2

mega (verb) ‘may, might...’ 25/6

Ǫzurr (noun m.) ‘[Ǫzurr, Ǫssur]...’Ǫzur 25/6

2reynir (noun m.) ‘tester...’ — 25/7

1 (pron.) [°gen. þess, dat. þeim, acc. þann; f. sú, gen. þeirrar, acc. þá; n. þat, dat. því; pl. m. þeir, f. þǽ---] ‘that (one), those...’þanns 25/3

setja (verb) ‘place, set, establish...’settan 25/1

skammr (adj.) ‘short...’skammt 25/2

1stígr (noun m.) [°dat. -; -ar/-ir, acc. -a/-u] ‘path...’stíg 25/8

1stóll (noun m.) [°-s, dat. -i/-; -ar] ‘seat, throne...’stól 25/3

til (prep.) ‘to...’ — 25/8

tunga (noun f.) [°-u; -ur] ‘tongue, language...’tungu 25/4

veldi (noun n.) ‘realm...’ — 25/5

vígðr (adj.) ‘consecrated...’vígðan 25/8

2vísa (verb) ‘show...’vísar 25/7

þjóð (noun f.) [°-ar, dat. -/-u; -ir] ‘people...’ — 25/3

þungr (adj.) ‘heavy...’ — 25/4

 

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