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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Vol. I. Poetry for Scandinavian Rulers 1: From Mythological Times to c. 1035

3.1. Sagas of the kings of Norway to c. 1035

1. Ágrip af Nóregs konunga sǫgum (Ágr) (DW)
2. Fagrskinna (Fsk) (DW)
3. Flateyjarbók (Flat) (DW)
4. The Greatest Saga of Óláfr Tryggvason / Óláfs saga Tryggvasonar in mesta (ÓT) (DW)
5. Hauksbók (Hb) (DW)
6. Heimskringla (Hkr) (DW)
7. Hulda and Hrokkinskinna (H-Hr) (DW)
8. Jómsvíkinga saga (Jvs)
9. The Legendary Saga of S. Óláfr / Helgisaga Óláfs konungs Haraldssonar (ÓHLeg) (DW)
10. Morkinskinna (Mork) (KEG)
11. Óláfs saga Tryggvasonar by Oddr Snorrason (ÓTOdd) (DW)
12. The Oldest Saga of S. Óláfr / Óláfs saga helga in elzta (ÓHÆ)
13. The Separate Saga of S. Óláfr / Óláfs saga helga in sérstaka (ÓH) (DW)

(Vol. I. Poetry for Scandinavian Rulers 1: From Mythological Times to c. 1035 > 8. Volume Introduction > 3. Sources for skaldic poetry cited in the kings’ sagas: manuscripts, facsimiles and editions > 3.1. Sagas of the kings of Norway to c. 1035 > 5. Hauksbók (Hb))

5. Hauksbók (Hb) (DW)


Hb:      Hauksbók, AM 371 4° (371), AM 544 4° (544), AM 675 4° (675) (Icelandic, c. 1290-1350).

Facsimile and editions: Hb 1960; Hb 1892-6.

Hauksbók (Hb) is a compendium that belonged to the Icelandic lawman and scholar Haukr Erlendsson (d. 3 June 1334), and was in part written by him. For a summary of his life, see Hb 1892-6, i-v. The codex contains numerous sagas and þættir concerning Iceland and Norway, many of them containing poetry, as well as geographical and scientific material, such sagas as Breta sögur and Trójumanna saga, and the poems Merlínusspá (GunnLeif Merl I-IIVIII) and the eddic Vǫluspá. See Finnur Jónsson’s detailed discussion of the content in Hb 1892-6, lxiii-cxxxvi.


Hb contains (in ms. 371) Stefnir Lv and Anon (ÓT) 1 within the text of Kristni; and (in ms. 544) Auðunn Lv 2, Þhorn Lv 1 and Ǫlvir Lv within Skálda saga Haralds konungs hárfagra (Skáld, unique to Hb); Þorm Lv 15/5-8, 18, 19/1-4, 20-4 within the text of Fbr; and Sigv Knútdr 1 within the text of Ragnars sona þáttr (RagnSon). On the poetry relating to events after c. 1035, see SkP II, lxii-lxiii, and further poetry from Hb will appear in SkP IV, V and VIII.

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