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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, 436-7

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4 — Mark Eirdr 4II

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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.

  Var öndurt bio Vinda ryrir | veglig flaust or Gördum austan, | hlyrum skaut a hola baru | helmings oddr i sumars broddi: | hlydu studdi bord-vid breidan | brodir Knutz i vedri odu; | sidan knadi svik-folks eydir | snilli kendr vid Dan-mörk lenda |   [JC]  edit 
 873x Var o᷎ndurt bia Uinda ryrir | veglig flaust or Gaurdum austan | hlýrum skaut a hola baru | helmings oddr i sumars broddi | hlydu studdi bord uid breidan | brodir Knutz i uedri odu | Sidan knadi suik folks eydir | Snilli kenndr vid Danmork lennda. |   [VEÞ]  edit 
 20b I Var ꜹndurt bio uinða | rýrir ueglig flꜹst or gꜹrðum ꜹstan hlyrum skꜹt a hola baru helmings oddr i sumaʀs | broddi . hlyðu studdi borð uið breiðan broðir knuz i ueðri oðu siðan knatti suikfolks | eyðir snilli kendr v danmork lenda   [JC]  edit 
 180b Vor aunduert bio uinda tyrir · uegligt | flaustr ur gaurdum austan · hlyrum skaut ꜳ hola baru · helmings oddr j sumars brodde · hlydu studdu | borduid breidan brodir knuzt j uedri odu sidan knade suikfiolks eydir · snille kendr uid danmork lennda.   [JC]  edit 
 1005x Vor aunduert biȯ vinda | Týrer  uegligt flaustur vr gordum austann. hlyrum skaut || ȧ hola bäru helmings Oddur J sumars broddi  hlydu stud|du bordvid breydann. Bröder knutz J vedri Ödu, sydan kna|di suik folkz eydir  snilli kiendur vid danmork lenda   [TW]  edit 

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