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The Last Eddas on Vellum
Stofnun Árna Magnússonar, Reykjavík.
Stofnun Árna Magnússonar, Reykjavík.
2017 (English)In: Scripta Islandica: Isländska Sällskapets Årsbok, ISSN 0582-3234, E-ISSN 2001-9416, Vol. 68, p. 153-188Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The last Edda manuscripts written on vellum were created in the seventeenth century. One was an attractive manuscript of Eddic poetry commissioned by Bishop Brynjólfur Sveinsson. The manuscript was lost in the fire of 1728 but we attempt to reconstruct its contents. It turns out that all extant early copies of the Eddic Poems are derived from the same lost archetype. This archetype contained an inexact copy of the Codex Regius of the Eddic Poems, supplemented with material from at least six other sources. We argue that this lost archetype is prob­a­bly identical with Brynjólfur Sveinsson’s lost vellum manuscript.

The other vellum manuscript discussed here is the extant Codex Sparfven­feldianus, an attractive mid-seventeenth-century manuscript of the Prose Edda, based principally on the Codex Regius of the Prose Edda but supplemented with other sources. The manuscript has been linked with Bishop Þorlákur Skúlason but we argue that this connection lacks any firm basis. A connection to Bishop Brynjólfur is much more likely.

The two manuscripts required significant scholarly resources and reflect a sophis­ti­cated editorial conception of the Poetic Edda and the Prose Edda. Modern edi­tions of these works have much in common with these seventeenth-century creations.

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Uppsala: Isländska sällskapet , 2017. Vol. 68, p. 153-188
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Poetic Edda, Prose Edda, seventeenth-century scholarship, philology
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Languages and Literature
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-336111OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-336111DiVA, id: diva2:1168391
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