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Hauksbók (Hb)

Skaldic vol. 4; ed. Guðrún Nordal

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Vol. I. Poetry for Scandinavian Rulers 1: From Mythological Times to c. 1035 > 8. Volume Introduction > 3. Sources for skaldic poetry cited in the kings’ sagas: manuscripts, facsimiles and editions > 3.1. Sagas of the kings of Norway to c. 1035 > 5. Hauksbók (Hb)

Manuscripts

Hb:      Hauksbók, AM 371 4° (371), AM 544 4° (544), AM 675 4° (675) (Icelandic, c. 1290-1350).

Facsimile and editions: Hb 1960; Hb 1892-6.

Hauksbók (Hb) is a compendium that belonged to the Icelandic lawman and scholar Haukr Erlendsson (d. 3 June 1334), and was in part written by him. For a summary of his life, see Hb 1892-6, i-v. The codex contains numerous sagas and þættir concerning Iceland and Norway, many of them containing poetry, as well as geographical and scientific material, such sagas as Breta sögur and Trójumanna saga, and the poems Merlínusspá (GunnLeif Merl I-IIVIII) and the eddic Vǫluspá. See Finnur Jónsson’s detailed discussion of the content in Hb 1892-6, lxiii-cxxxvi.

Poetry

Hb contains (in ms. 371) Stefnir Lv and Anon (ÓT) 1 within the text of Kristni; and (in ms. 544) Auðunn Lv 2, Þhorn Lv 1 and Ǫlvir Lv within Skálda saga Haralds konungs hárfagra (Skáld, unique to Hb); Þorm Lv 15/5-8, 18, 19/1-4, 20-4 within the text of Fbr; and Sigv Knútdr 1 within the text of Ragnars sona þáttr (RagnSon). On the poetry relating to events after c. 1035, see SkP II, lxii-lxiii, and further poetry from Hb will appear in SkP IV, V and VIII.

Vol. II. Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 2: from c. 1035 to c. 1300 > 8. Introduction > 4. Sources for Skaldic Poetry Cited in the Kings' Sagas > 1. Sagas of the kings of Norway after 1035 > 6. Hauksbók (Hb)

Manuscripts

Hb:          Hauksbók, AM 371 4° (371), AM 544 4° (544), AM 675 4° (675) (Icelandic, c. 1290-1350). Hemings þáttr Áslákssonar (Hem) is preserved in 544. The beginning is lost, but a copy was made by Ásgeir Jónsson while the ms. was more complete (AM 326 b 4°ˣ = 326bˣ).

Facsimile and editions: Hb  1960; Hb 1892-6, Fellows Jensen 1962 (Hem).

Hauksbók (Hb) is a compendium that belonged to—and was in part written by—the Icelandic lawman and scholar Haukr Erlendsson (d. 3 June 1334). For a summary of his life, see Hb 1892-6, i-v. The compendium contains numerous sagas and þættir concerning Iceland and Norway (see SkP I, IV, V and VIII), as well as geographical and scientific material, such sagas as Breta sögur and Trójumanna saga and the poems Merlínusspá (GunnLeif MerlVIII) and Vǫluspá (see Finnur Jónsson’s detailed discussion of the content in Hb 1892-6, lxiii-cxxxvi). The parts of Hem that include poetry edited in SkP II deal with the events that led up to Haraldr harðráði Sigurðarson’s expedition to England in 1066, as well as the battle of Stamford Bridge (25 September 1066) and its aftermath.

Poetry

Hem preserves four lausavísur that are not recorded elsewhere (Hjǫrtr Lv 1-3; Anon (HSig) 7), three anonymous lausavísur from HSig (Anon (HSig) 6, 8-9), Haraldr harðráði’s final two stanzas (Hharð Lv 13-14) and Þjóðólfr Arnórsson’s last lausavísa (ÞjóðA Lv 11).

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