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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, 457-8

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28 — Mark Eirdr 28II

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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.

 1005x hilldingur þa | vid hæst lof alldar  haufgan aud og gulli raudu  hal|fa lest af herra sialfum  hardla rykur J mykla gardi | adan tok vid allvalldz skrv̈di . Eyrykur þo ad giefid var | fleýra . reyner veitti herskip honum . hersa ṁattar sex | og ätta.   [TW]  edit 
  Hilldingr þa vid hæst lof alldar | hofgan aud i gulli raudu, | halfa lest af harra siálfúm | harda vitr ı̈Mikla gardi: | ádan tok vid all-valldz klædum; | Eiriki þo var gefid fleira, | reynir veitti her-skip hánum | hersa máttar. vj. oc viij,   [JC]  edit 
 873x Hilldingr þa uid hęst lof alldar | hø᷎fgan aud i gulli raudu | halfa lest af haʀa sialfum | harda uidr i Micklagardi || adan tok uid alluallz klędum | Eiʀikr þo uar gefid fleyra | reynir ueitti herskip hanum | hersa mattar v. oc víí. |   [VEÞ]  edit 
 180b Hilld | íngr þꜳ uid hest . lof alldar. haufgann . aud j gulle ʀaudu. halfa lest ȧf harra sialfum . hardla rikr j micla | garde . adan tok uid alluallz skrude eiʀikr þo ad gefit uar fleira . ʀeynir ueitte herskip hanum . hersa mattar uj ok uiij ·   [JC]  edit 
 20b II Hilldingŕ | þa v hest lof alldar haufgan auð i gulli | rauðu halfa lest af haʀʀa sialfum haŕ | da rikr i miklagarði adan tok v alluall | dz skruði eirikr þo var gefit fleira reynir | veitti herskip hanum herssa mattar .vi. ok viij.   [JC]  edit 

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