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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, 450

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21 — Mark Eirdr 21II

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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.

 1005x Eyrykur var med vppreist härre  vndan flý|du Vindar af stundu  giolld festu þa grimmer holdar | gumnar voru syggri vnner  yngvi taldi erfder þangad | alþyda vard stilli ad hlýda  velldi reid þui ȧstvin | alldar  einatt lä þad fyrr vnd sueine   [TW]  edit 
  Eirikr var med upp-reist harri; | undan flydu Vindr af stundu, | giölld felldu þa grimmir hölldar; | gumnar urdu sigri numnir: | Yngvi taldi erfdir þangad, | al-þyda vard stilli hlyda; | velldi red þvi ast-vinr alldar, | einart la þat fyrr und Sveini.   [JC]  edit 
 873x Eiʀikr uar med upreist hari | undan flydu Uindr af stundu | giolld felldu þa grimmir haulldar | gumnar urdu sigri numnir | yngvi taldi erfdir þangad | alþyda uard stilli hlida | Uelldi red astuinr alldar | einart lä þat fyʀ und Sueini. |   [JC]  edit 
 180b Eiʀikr uar med · | uppʀeist hare · unndan flydu uínndar af stunndu · giolld festu þaa grimmr hauldar · gumnar woru sigri unnir · yngui ta | lde erfdir þangat . alþyda uard stille ad hlyda · uellde ʀied þui astuínr alldar · eínatt lꜳ þad fyrr unn | d Sueíne ·   [JC]  edit 

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