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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

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 > 2. Laufás Edda (LaufE))

2. Laufás Edda (LaufE) (KEG)

Stemma (adapted from LaufE 1979, 51)

  • 758x
    • m
      • papp10x
      • n
        • 1404x
        • 164x

Manuscripts: X branch

758ˣ:       AM 758 4°ˣ (Magnús Ólafsson’s autograph copy, c. 1609).

papp10ˣ: Holm papp 10 4°ˣ (second half of the C17th).

1494ˣ:     Thott 1494 4°ˣ (second half of the C17th). Not used in SkP II.

164ˣ:       AM 164 8°ˣ (late C17th). Not used in SkP II.

Manuscripts: Y branch

2368ˣ:     GKS 2368 4°ˣ (mid-C17th).

743ˣ:       AM 743 4°ˣ (C17th, by Ketill Jörundsson (1603-70)).

21 6 7 IIˣ: Adv 21 6 7 IIˣ (1750-3). An interpolated manuscript of LaufE, written by Jón Egilsson á Stóra Vatnshorni í Haukadal (see LaufE 1979, 129-31).

Edition: LaufE 1979.

LaufE is a C17th adaptation of SnE by Magnús Ólafsson based on W, but he also used a manuscript related to A and B (LaufE 1979, 159-60, 170-1). Both the X branch and more extensive Y branch manuscripts ultimately derive from Magnús Ólafsson, with the Y version most likely representing an earlier draft (LaufE 1979, 53).


LaufE contains medieval poetry not recorded in other sources (see SkP III), but all the stanzas edited in SkP II found in LaufE are also transmitted elsewhere. The following stanzas are found in both the X and the Y branch: Arn Þorfdr 1, Arn Hryn 6/1-4, Ill Har 1, Rv Lv 7/1-4. In addition, the Y branch mss contain Hharð Gamv 2/1-4, ÞjóðA Sex 27, ÞjóðA Magnfl 1, Arn Magndr 12/5-8, 17/5-8, 19, Arn Þorfdr 2, 4, 24/1-4, Arn Hryn 16/1-4, Arn Hardr 17, Eldj Lv 1/5-8, Balti Sigdr 4. Except for Arn Þorfdr 2 and Rv Lv 7/1-4, which are found in Orkn, and Eldj Lv 1/5-8 from MberfH-Hr, all these stanzas are transmitted in SnE as well. The editions of the above stanzas in SkP II include variant readings from 758ˣ, papp10ˣ, 2368ˣ and 743ˣ, and, for Arn Þorfdr 14, also 21  6 7 IIˣ.

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