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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

3.3. Other sources

1. Snorra Edda (SnE)
2. Laufás-Edda (LaufE)
3. The First, Third and Fourth Grammatical Treatises (FGT, TGT, FoGT)
4. Árni Magnússon’s anthology, AM 761 a-b 4°ˣ
5. Other sagas and þættir

(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 > 3.3. Other sources > 2. Laufás-Edda (LaufE))

2. Laufás-Edda (LaufE)

Stemma (adapted from LaufE 1979, 51)

Manuscripts: X branch

758ˣ:    AM 758 4°ˣ (c. 1609, Magnús Ólafsson’s autograph copy). Not used in SkP I.

papp10ˣ: Holm papp 10 4°ˣ (c. 1650-1700).

1494ˣ:   Thott 1494 4°ˣ (c. 1650-1700). Not used in SkP I.

164ˣ:    AM 164 8°ˣ (c. 1650-1700). Not used in SkP I.

Manuscripts: Y branch

2368ˣ:   GKS 2368 4°ˣ (c. 1650).

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

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

Edition: LaufE 1979.

LaufE is a seventeenth-century adaptation of SnE by Magnús Ólafsson of Laufás based on the W ms. of SnE, but probably including material from now lost parts of this ms.; he also used other sources including more than one other lost ms. of SnE (Faulkes, LaufE 1979, 159-77). Both the X branch and the more extensive Y branch mss ultimately derive from Magnús Ólafsson, with the Y version most likely representing an earlier draft (ibid., 53).


LaufE contains medieval poetry not recorded in other sources (see SkP III), together with a wealth of material from poems otherwise preserved in the kings’ sagas. Of this the majority comes from the period after 1035 and hence is edited in SkP II (see p. lxxviii), but eighteen verse fragments come from the early period and are edited in this volume. Most are not of independent value, being copied from extant parts of W, but Þjóð Yt 18, Eskál Vell 35, Eskál Lv 3 and Ólhelg Lv 2 are of textual value; see also Note to Eskál Vell 7/5-6.

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