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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 2. Fagrskinna (Fsk)

2. Fagrskinna (Fsk)

Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘Fagrskinna (Fsk)’ in Kari Ellen Gade (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 2: From c. 1035 to c. 1300. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 2. Turnhout: Brepols [check printed volume for citation].

Stemma

Manuscripts: A class

Fsk:          lost vellum (c. 1350-1400). Three copies by Ásgeir Jónsson (c. 1675-1700): a) FskAˣ: AM 303 4°ˣ b) 52ˣ:       AM 52 folˣ c) 301ˣ:     AM 301 4°ˣ.

Manuscripts: B class

The original burned in the fire of Copenhagen in 1728. One fragment remains:

NRA51: NRA 51 (c. 1240-63). Three copies were made before the fire: a) FskBˣ: OsloUB 371 folˣ (c. 1700; a fairly faithful copy by Ásgeir Jónsson) b) 51ˣ:       AM 51 folˣ c) 302ˣ:     AM 302 4°ˣ.

Editions

Fsk 1902-3, ÍF 29 (Ágr and Fsk).

Poetry

The Fsk text covering the years 1035-1177 spans the reigns of Magnús inn góði (Mgóð) and Magnús Erlingsson (MErl) and contains a total of 107 stanzas, most of which are also contained in Mork, Hkr and H-Hr. There can be no doubt that the author of Fsk knew the no longer extant archetype of the Mork redaction (*Oldest Morkinskinna, *ÆMork, see below), and that, for this part of Fsk, he availed himself selectively of the poetic material in that compendium (see Indrebø 1917 and Bjarni Einarsson in ÍF 29, ci-cxix; see also Fidjestøl 1982, 10 and Andersson and Gade 2000, 25-57). The last stanza in Fsk (ESk Eystdr 2) describes the death of King Eysteinn Haraldsson (d. 1157).

[15] For a full discussion of Fsk, see Introduction to SkP I.

References

  1. Bibliography
  2. Andersson, Theodore M. and Kari Ellen Gade, trans. 2000. Morkinskinna: The Earliest Icelandic Chronicle of the Norwegian Kings (1030-1157). Islandica 51. Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press.
  3. Fsk 1902-3 = Finnur Jónsson, ed. 1902-3. Fagrskinna: Nóregs kononga tal. SUGNL 30. Copenhagen: Møller.
  4. SkP I = Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 1: From Mythical Times to c. 1035. Ed. Diana Whaley. 2012.
  5. Internal references
  6. Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘Heimskringla (Hkr)’ in Kari Ellen Gade (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 2: From c. 1035 to c. 1300. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 2. Turnhout: Brepols [check printed volume for citation].
  7. Diana Whaley 2012, ‘Fagrskinna (Fsk)’ in Diana Whaley (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 1: From Mythical Times to c. 1035. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 1. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. clix-clxi.
  8. Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘Hulda and Hrokkinskinna (H-Hr)’ in Kari Ellen Gade (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 2: From c. 1035 to c. 1300. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 2. Turnhout: Brepols [check printed volume for citation].
  9. Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘Morkinskinna (Mork)’ in Kari Ellen Gade (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 2: From c. 1035 to c. 1300. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 2. Turnhout: Brepols [check printed volume for citation].
  10. Not published: do not cite (MErlII)
  11. Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Einarr Skúlason, Eysteinsdrápa 2’ in Kari Ellen Gade (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 2: From c. 1035 to c. 1300. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 2. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 560-1.
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