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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Vol. II. Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 2: from c. 1035 to c. 1300

1. Sagas of the kings of Norway after 1035

1. Ágrip af Nóregs konunga sǫgum (Ágr) (KEG)
2. Fagrskinna (Fsk) (KEG)
3. Flateyjarbók (Flat) (KEG)
4. Hákonar saga Hákonarsonar (Hák) (KEG)
5. Hákonar saga Ívarssonar () (KEG)
6. Hauksbók (Hb) (KEG)
7. Heimskringla (Hkr) (KEG)
8. Hulda and Hrokkinskinna (H-Hr) (KEG)
9. Morkinskinna (Mork) (KEG)
10. The Legendary Saga of S. Óláfr Helgisaga Óláfs konungs Haraldssonar (ÓHLeg) (KEG)
11. The Separate Saga of S. Óláfr Óláfs saga helga in sérstaka (ÓH) (KEG)
12. Óláfs saga Tryggvasonar by Oddr Snorrason (ÓTOdd) (KEG)
13. Sverris saga (Sv) (KEG)

(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 > 3. Flateyjarbók (Flat))

3. Flateyjarbók (Flat) (KEG)


Flat:         Flateyjarbók, GKS 1005 fol (Icelandic, mainly c. 1387-95). Additions: Three quires (188r-210r) comprise the ‘Younger Flateyjarbók’ (YFlat; Mgóð to Ólkyrr (c. 1450-1500), copied from a sister ms. of Mork).
325IVβ and 325XI 3: AM 325 IV β 4°, AM 325 XI 3 4°; fragments of the archetype of YFlat (c. 1350-1400). AM 325IVβ contains no poetry.

Facsimile and editions: Flat 1930; Flat 1860-8, II-III, Louis-Jensen 1970b (fragments).


Of the sagas relevant to SkP II, Flat contains Sv, Hák, parts of Orkn and MH. Many of the þættir found in MHMork (and in MgóðH-Hr and HSigH-Hr) are also recorded in Flat, among them an expanded version of Snegl. The poetry (and prose) in YFlat (MH) corresponds closely to the poetry in the extant portions of MHMork, hence Flat can be used to reconstruct the content of MHMork where Mork has lacunae. In addition to the poetry in the aforementioned sagas, Flat also contains (as the only manuscript) Anon Nkt. Sigv Berv 7-17 are also recorded in 325XI 3.

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