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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, 437-8

old edition introduction edition manuscripts transcriptions concordance search files

5 — Mark Eirdr 5II

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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.

  Drengir þagu aud af yngva, | örr fylkir gaf sverð oc knorru; | Eirikr veitti opt oc storum | armleggiar röf dyrdar seggium: | hringum eyddi harra slongvit | hilldar rammr, enn stillir framdi | fyrda kyns, sva at flestir urdu | froda stols af hanum godir. |   [JC]  edit 
 873x Drengir þagu aud af Yngva | auʀ fylkir gaf suerd oc kno᷎ʀu | Eirikr ueitti opt oc storum | armleggiar rauf dyrdar seggium | hringum eiddi haʀa slongvit | hilldar rammr en stillir framdi | Fyrda kyns sua at flestir urdu | Frodastols af hanum godir. |   [VEÞ]  edit 
 20b I Drengir þagu ꜹð at yngva ꜹʀ fylkir gaf sverð ok kn | oʀu eirikr ueitti opt ok storum armleɢiar rof dyrðar seɢgium. hringum eyddi haʀa slꜹ | nguir hilldar rammr en stillir framði fyrða kyn sua at flestir urðu froða stols af hanvm | goðir   [JC]  edit 
 180b Dreíngir þagu aud ad ynngua · aurr fylkir gaf suerd ok knaurru · eirekr ueítte opt ok | storum · arm leggiar rof · dyrum seggium · hringum eydde harra slaungvir · hilldar [...]amr enn stiller framde | fyrrda kyn ad flestir urdu· froda stols af honum godir :   [JC]  edit 
 1005x Dreing|ier þägu aud ad ýnga. Aur fylckier gaf suerd | og knaurru. Eyrykur veitti opt og stȯrum. armleggiar | rof dyrum seggium  hringum eyddi herra slaunguer | hilldar ramur enn stiller framdi. fyrda kyn ad flestir | vrdu fröda stölz af honum göder |   [TW]  edit 

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