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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, 438-9

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6 — Mark Eirdr 6II

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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.

  Vörgum eyddi Vinda fergir; | virking hepti Konungr fikium; | þjofa hendr let þengill styfa; | þegnum kunni hann o-sid hegna; | alldregi fratz at Eirikr villdi | all-rettligum domi halla; | hala kunni ser til sælu | sigrs valldari guds lög hallda. |   [JC]  edit 
 873x Vorgum eyddi uinda fergir | uiking hepti konungr fikium | þiofa hendr let þengill styfa | þegnum kunni hann osid hegna | alldregi fratz at Eiʀikr uilldi | allretligum domi halla | hala kunni ser til sęlu | Sigrsvalldari gudslaug hallda. |   [VEÞ]  edit 
 20b I Vꜹrgum eyddi uinða fergir uiking hefti konungr | fikium þiofa hendr let þengill styfa þegnum kunni hann osið hegna . alldri frettu at Eiʀikr ui | lldi allretligum domi halla . hala kunni ser til . sælu sigrsvalldari guds lꜹg hallda.   [JC]  edit 
 180b Vaurgum eydde uinda fergír · uikingum hefte · konungr fikium · þiofa hendr ·| leit · þeinngill styfa · þeknum kunne hann · osið hegna · alldri frattu · ad eiʀikr · uillde · allʀettligum domi | ad halla · haga kunne sier til sælu · sigurs ualldare · guds laug hallda ·   [JC]  edit 
 1005x Vaurgum eyddi Vinda ferger. Vykingum | hepte kongur fykium  þiofa hendur liet þeingill | styfa  þegnum kunne hann Osid hegna  alldry fanstu || fanstu ad Eyrykur villdi  allriettligum dömi ad halla  | haga kunne sier til sælu . sygurs valldare Guds laug | hallda.   [TW]  edit 

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