Árni Magnússon’s rearrangement of paper manuscripts

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AM 9 fol.
AM 9 fol. (1601-1700, Iceland)
Den Arnamagnæanske Samling, Copenhagen
1. (1r-48r) Hrólfs saga kraka Icelandic Note: The saga is divided into unnumbered chapters and þættir, the first of which is Fróða þáttur. 1.1. (1r-6r:16) Fróða þátturFröda þätturM adur hiet Halfdan. Enn annar Frödebrædur tveir og Konga syner. Enn vppbyriast fra Hroar og Helga Halfdanar sonum 1.2. (6r:17-11r:23) Af Hroar Og Helga Halfdanar Sonum Af Hroar Og Helga Halfdanar Sonum. Köngur hiet Nordre. Hann ried fyrer nockrum hluta Einglands. Þau Yrsa unn ust myked og attu eirn son þann Hrolfur hiet / er mykill mæta madur vard sydan n 1.3. (11r:24-14r:8) Fra Helga konge Halfdanarsyne Olof drottning spyr ad þau Helge konungr og Yrsa vnntuzt myked og vna vel rade synv. Og lykur hier þætte Helga kőngs. 1.4. (14r:11-17v:15) Fra Adels konge Og Yrsu drottningu Adels köngur hrosade nv Sigre og þottistmiaug hafa framast er hann vann kong so agjætann sem Helge varen n honumm þotte raunar ecke mäle skypta þott Suipdagur feinge osigur og stynge nidur nøsumm 1.5. (17v:16-48r) Fra Hrolfe könge Kraka Nu buazt þeir brædur j burt og stodar ecke ad hamlaþeim. Og endar hier Søgu Hrolfskongs Kraka / Og kappa hanns.
iii, 48, iii305 mm x 195 mmNote: Fol. 48v is blank.
In the main text block, the watermark consists of two round towers. They are connected by an archway without portcullis but with a pointed gable. There is a pointy plinth underneath. The countermark consists of the letters "HP" written together. Note: The same watermark is found in the main text block of AM 1 a fol. and AM 192 fol.
On the front and back flyleaves, there is a coat of arms, which is rather "fuzzy" in style. There are lions, but no crown on top. The letters "HS" written together can be read underneath. The coat of arms itself is divided into two parts (right and left half). Note: See also the old binding of AM 161 fol.
Some details are:
  • Fol. 1: HP (upside down)
  • Fol. 2: towers (upside up)
  • Fol. 3: towers (upside up)
  • Fol. 4: HP (upside down)
  • Fol. 5: towers (upside up)
  • Fol. 6: HP (upside up)
  • Fol. 7: towers (upside down)
  • Fol. 8: HP (upside up)
  • Fol. 9: HP (upside up)
  • Fol. 10: towers (upside down)

There is later foliation in red ink in the upper right-hand corners (1-48) by Kristian Kålund.
There are five quires:
  • Quire I: fols. 1-10 (1, 2+9, 3+8, 4+7, 5+6, 10) (4 bifolia, 2 singletons) Note: The singletons 1 and 10 used to form a bifolium. They came apart and are now glued together again.
  • Quire II: fols. 11-20 (11+20, 12+19, 13+18, 14+17, 15+16) (5 bifolia)
  • Quire II: fols. 21-30 (21, 22+29, 23+28, 24+27, 25+26, 30) (4 bifolia, 2 singletons)
  • Quire IV: fols. 31-40 (31, 32+39, 33+38, 34+37, 35+36, 40) (4 bifolia, 2 singletons)
  • Quire V: fols. 41-48 (41, 42+47, 43+46, 44+45, 48) (3 bifolia, 2 singletons) Note: Fols. 41 and 48 have been joined.
There are no quire signatures.There are catchwords on fols. 10v, 20v-21r, 30v and 40v, i.e. at the original quire boundaries.
There are many stains and the edges are darker then the rest of the leaves.

The text is written in one column. 240 mm x 130 mm25-267-12Note: There are running titles
Jón Erlendsson Chancery Sole
  • Initial: Space has been left for large initials (3 lines).
  • Initial: Subsections have smaller initials (1-2 lines) which are written by the scribe. Some of them are slightly decorated.
There are no later additions.

The binding is from the period 1700-1730, i.e. from Árni Magnússon's time. It is a full binding made from parchment on cardboard with parchment strips laced through the spine fold. On the spine, there is a sticker for the shelfmark and a little spot indicates that there used to be another sticker for the running number. On the spine, partially covered by the sticker,
"Hr[olfs Kraka S]aga"
is written in brown ink. On the inside of the back cover, the lower right-hand corner of the pastedown is folded in (possibly done during later repair?) and on the free space of the parchment, a signature is visible. The dimensions of the binding are: 307 mm x 202 mm x 15 mm.
An AM-slip (211 mm x 155 mm) is attached to the first front flyleaf. It reads in the hand of Árni Magnússon:
"Hrolfs kraka saga med hendi Sera Jons i Villinga hollte
lied mier af Jone Þorlakssyne 1709. og sidann selld 1710. Var tilforna i innbundinni bok.
Þessa Hrolfs Sỏgu hefi eg läted conferera vid eitt mitt exemplar in 4to. "
The codicological unit was written in Iceland. Kålund dates it to the seventeenth century (Kålund 1889-1894, 1: 9).
According to the accompanying slip, Árni Magnússon borrowed the codicological unit from Jón Þorláksson in 1709 and then purchased it from him in the following year. The codicological unit was then part of a larger codex.

Former Physical Context:
  • When Árni Magnússon acquired the codicological unit it was part of Ms92.

Last update: 2016.
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