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, 459

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30 — Mark Eirdr 30II

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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.

  Hvergi stoduz hiörva borgar | hristi meidar Konungs reidi,| raúnar vard-at rönd vid hanum | reist, giordut þess jöfrar freista: | Ognin stod af jarla hegni, | engi þordi kapp at strengia | (flestir ugdu folld-vörd hraustan) | fylkir snarr vid Dana harra.   [JC]  edit 
 873x Huergi stoduz hiørfa borgar | hristi meidar konungs reidi | raunar uard at ro᷎nd uid hanum || reist giordut þess iofrar freista | ognin stod af iarla hegni | engi þordi kapp at streingia | Ilestir ugdu fallduo᷎rd hraustan | fylkis snaʀ uid Dana haʀa. |   [VEÞ]  edit 
 180b Huerge stoduz híorua borgar hri | sti meidar konungs reide . ʀannar uar þat ʀaund uid hanum ʀeist giorduzt þes jofrar freista · ognin stod | af jarla meide . einge þorde kapp ad streíngía · flestir ugdu · folld naiord hraustan fylkir snar | uid dana harra   [JC]  edit 
 20b II Huergi stoðuz hiorua borgar | hristi meiðar konungs reiði raunar var þat rꜹnd | við hanum reíst gerðuz þes iofrar freist | ta ogninn stoð af iarla meiði engi þor | ði kapp at strengia flestir ugðu folld | naurð hráustan fylkir snaʀ vid dana h | [...]   [JC]  edit 
 1005x Huorgi stödust ho|rua borgar  hristi meidar kongsins reidi. ranar var þad | raund vid honum  reyst giordust þess Jofrar freista  og|nin stȯd af Jarla meidi . einginn þordi kapp ad streingia | flester vgdu folldna Jord hraustann. fylker snar vid dana hiara   [TW]  edit 

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