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, 455-6

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26 — Mark Eirdr 26II

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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.

  Lyst skal hitt er læknaz fysti | lid-hraustr Konungr sar en idri; | nordan fór med helmjng hardan | hersa mædir sál at græda: | harri biotz til heims ens dyrra, | hann giördi för ut at kanna; | (budlungr villdi biart lijf ödlast) | bygd Jorsala fridi trygda.   [JC]  edit 
 873x Lyst skal hitt er lęknaz fysti | lidhraustr konungr sär en idri | nordan for med helming hardan | hersa mødir säl at grøda | haʀi biotz til heims ens dyʀa | hann giðrdi faur ut at kanna | budlungr uilldi biart lif o᷎dlaz | bygd Iorsala fridi trygda. |   [VEÞ]  edit 
 180b Lyst skal hitt er læknast fystizt. líð hraustr konungr for sꜳ nordan | enn med helming haurdum uaurdu . hersa mædir sal ad græda · harre biost til heimsins dyra · hann giorde faur ut ad ka | nna · budlungr uillde biart lif audlazt · bygd jorsala j fride trygda ·   [JC]  edit 
 20b II [...] kanna budlungr villdi biart lif aud | laz bygð iorsala friði trygða.   [JC]  edit 
 1005x lyst skal hitt er læknast fystist  lid h|raustúr kongur för sä nordann  enn med helming haurdum | vaurdu  hersa mæder sal ad græda  harre biost til he|imsins hýra  hann giordi faur vt ad kanna . Budlungur | villdi biart lyf audlast  bygd Jorsala J fridi trygda   [TW]  edit 

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