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

3. Other sources

1. Snorra Edda (SnE) (KEG)
2. Laufás Edda (LaufE) (KEG)
3. The First, Third and Fourth Grammatical Treatises (FGT, TGT, FoGT) (KEG)
4. The Fifth Grammatical Treatises (GrammSkáld) (KEG)
5. Miscellaneous Manuscripts (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 > 3. Other sources > 1. Snorra Edda (SnE))

1. Snorra Edda (SnE) (KEG)


R:             Codex Regius, GKS 2367 4° (c. 1300). A copy of a late C13th manuscript.

Tˣ:           Codex Trajectinus, Traj 1374ˣ (c. 1595). A copy of a manuscript from the second half of the C13th related to R.

W:            Codex Wormianus, AM 242 fol (c. 1350). W has a lacuna at fols 121-38 that was filled in from Tˣ by Sveinn Jónsson in the C17th.

U:             Codex Upsaliensis, DG 11 (c. 1300-25).

A:             AM 748 I b 4° (c. 1300-25). Twenty-two leaves.

B:             AM 757 a 4° (c. 1400). Fourteen leaves. The manuscript is now very difficult to read because of its poor condition. Therefore 744ˣ (AM 744 4°), an early C18th copy of B made by Jón Ólafsson when B was more legible than it is now, has been used selectively in SkP II.

C:             AM 748 II 4° (c. 1400). Thirteen leaves.

Facsimiles and editions: R 1940, Tˣ 1985, W 1931, U 1962-77, A 1945, C 1945; SnE 1848-87, SnE 1931, SnE 1998, SnE 1999, SnE 2005.

It is very difficult to establish a stemma for the mss of SnE (see SnE 2005, xxviii-xxxi), and the order of mss given above reflects the order of mss in the SkP editions.


All of the poetry from SnE edited in SkP II is contained in Skáldskaparmál (Skm), and most of it is also recorded in the kings’ sagas. The following sts are found in SnE only: Sigv Berv 18, ÞjóðA Run 2-4, ÞjóðA Sex 8, 27, 29, 30-1, ÞjóðA Frag 2-3, 5, Arn Hryn 20, Arn Magndr 19, Arn Þorfdr 1, 4, 12, 15, 25, Arn Hardr 6, 17, Ill Har 1-2, Valg Har 1-3, Stúfr Stúfdr 7, Mark Eirdr 1-2, 31-2, ESk Harsonkv 2, ESk Run 4, 10, ESk Ingdr 1, Balti Sigdr 4.

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