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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, 435-6

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3 — Mark Eirdr 3II

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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.

  Fædir sotti fremdar rada | folldar vördu austr i Garda | audi gæddu all-valld prudan | itrir menn þeir er hnöggvi slita: | stillir vard um austr-veg allan | einkar-tidr inn mærdar blidi; | hinn var engr er hann nafn kynnid | heidar mannz i lofi reida. |   [JC]  edit 
 873x Fodir sotti fremdar rada | folldar uordu austr i garda | audi gøddu allualld prudan | itrir menn þeir er hʀoggui slita | Stillir rad um austr veg allan | einkar tidr enn męrdar blidi | hinn uar engr er hann nafn kynnid | heidar mannz i lofi reida. |   [VEÞ]  edit 
 20b I Føðir sotti fremðar raða folldar uꜹrðu ꜹstr i garða auði gøddu allualld pruðan itrir menn þeir er | hnøggui slita . Stillr varð vm ꜹstr ueg allan einkar tiðr en mærðar bliði. hinn varð øngr er hann | nafn kunnit heiðar manz i lofi reiða   [JC]  edit 
 180b Fædir sotte fremdar rada · folldar uo᷎rdu austr j gaurdum · aude gæddu | allualld prudan · Itrir menn er hneyke slita · stillir uard um / allan aűstr ue̋g · eínkar tidum hínn mærdar blide · | honum uard einge er hans nafn kunnegt · herdar manz j lofi ʀeida .   [JC]  edit 
 1005x Fæder socktte fremdar räða | folldar vordu austur J Gordum , aude giæddu allvalld | prudann  ýtrir menn er hneyke slýta. Stiller vard vm aust | ur veg allann  einckar tydum hinn mærdar blyde  honum | varð eingi er hans nafn kunnugt. heidar mans J lofi reida |   [TW]  edit 

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