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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, 439

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7 — Mark Eirdr 7II

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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.

  Hrodigr átti bryn-þings beidir | biartan aud oc fræknlikt hiarta, | mini gnógt, oc mann-vit annat, | mest fylgdi þvi hvergi lestir: | alla hafdi audlingr snilli, | ungr nam hann a margar tungur, | Eirikr var sa er matti meira | mestr ofr-hugi jöfri flestum. |   [JC]  edit 
 873x Hrodigr atti bryndings beidir | biartan aud oc frøknlikt hiarta | minni gnogt oc mannvit annad | mest fylgdi þui huergi lestir | alla hafdi audlingr snilli | ungr nam hann a margar tungr | Eirikr uar sa er matti meira | mestr ofrhugi iofr i flestum. |   [VEÞ]  edit 
 20b I Hroðigr atti brýnþings beiðir biartan ꜹð ok frøklikt hiarta minni | nogt ok manuit annat mest fýlgðu þui huergi lestir . alla hafði ꜹðlingr snilli un | gr nam hann margar tungur. Eiʀikr var sa er matti meira mestr ofrhugi iofri flestvm.   [JC]  edit 
 180b Hrodigr atte byrdings beidir · biartan | aud · ok freglikt hiarta · mínne gnogt · ok manuit annat · mest fygldu þui huergi lestir · alla hafde | audlingr snille · ungr nam hann margar tunngur · eiʀikr uar sꜳ er matte meira · mestr ofr huge iofri flestum:   [JC]  edit 
 1005x Hrȯdugur | ätti byrdingz beýder  biartann aud og frækligt hiarta | minne gnogt og mannvit annad  mest fylgdu þui hvor|gi lester alla hafdi audligur snilli  vngur nam hann | margar Tungur. Eyrykur var sä er mätti meyra  me|st ófur hugi J öfrid flestum   [TW]  edit 

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