Árni Magnússon’s rearrangement of paper manuscripts

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AM 108 fol.
AM 108 fol. (1601-1700, Iceland)
Stofnun Árna Magnússonar í íslenskum fræðum, Reykjavík
1. (1r-99r) Landnámabók Icelandic Note: Skarðsárbók-version. Mostly the same text as in AM 104 fol. 1.1. (1r-1r) FormáliIcelandicÍ aldarfarsbók þeirri er Beda prestur heilagur gjörði í þann tíma var farið milli landanna. 1.2. (1r-7r) IcelandicHér hefur Landnámabók Íslandsbyggðar og segir í hinum fyrsta kapitula hvort skemmst er frá Íslandi og hverjir herrar ríktu á Norðurlöndum í þann tíma.Á þeim tíma er Ísland fannst og byggðistvestur til Ballarár og bjó þar lengur og var kallaður Hrólfur að Ballará. 1.3. (7r-20r) IcelandicHér hefur upp landnám í Vestfirðingafjörðungi er margt stórmenni hefur byggðan.Maður hét Kalman, suðureyskur að ættþá voru DCCCC bónda í þessum fjörðungi. 1.4. (20r-29r) IcelandicNú hefur upp landnám í Norðlendingafjörðungi er fjölbyggðastur hefur verið af öllu Íslandi og stærstar sögur hafa gerst bæði að fornu og nýju, sem enn mun ritað verða og raun á bera.Gunnsteinn meinfretur, son Álfsen þar voru MCC bænda þá er talið var. 1.5. (29r-33v) IcelandicÞessir menn hafa land numið í Austfirðingafjörðungi er nú munu upp taldir og fer hvað af hendi norðan til fjörðungamóts frá Langanesi á Sólheimasand og er það sögn manna að þessi fjörðungur hafi fyrst albyggður orðið.Gunnólfur kroppur hét maður son Þóris hauknefseru frá komnir - Ketill hinn fíflski og Leiðólfur kappi. 1.6. (33v-39v) IcelandicHér hefur upp landnám í Sunnlendingafjörðungi er með mestum blóma er alls Íslands fyrir landskosta sakir og höfðingja þeirra er þar hafa byggt, bæði lærðir og ólærðir.Austfirðir byggðust fyrst á Íslandi en á milli Hornafjarðar og Reykjanessþó að synir þeirra sumir reistu hof og blótuðu, en landið var alheiðið nær C vetra. 2. (39v-41v) Um erlenda biskupa á Íslandi Icelandic Óaldarvetur mikill varð á Íslandi og er einmælt hann hafi verið hinn mesti merkismaður. Note: Extension, partly from Kristni sögu. In the end, there is a reference to Hauksbók. The same extension is found in AM 104 fol. Fol. 41v is mostly blank.
Codex
Paper
i, 41, i307 mm x 210 mm
There are three different watermarks: The first quire has a smaller foolscap in a collar with seven bells (on thicker paper).
Fols. 5-38 show a different foolscap in a collar with seven bells (on thinner paper). The peaks are bent to the outside and the three bells on the middle peak are larger than in the other watermark. The countermark shows the letters "GM".
Fols. 39-41 show the letter "P" upside down, which is the countermark of a foolscap in a collar with five bells. Note: Cf. AM 113 d fol.
Some details are:
  • Fol. 1: foolscap with seven bells (upside up)
  • Fol. 2: foolscap with seven bells (upside up)
  • Fol. 3: foolscap with seven bells (upside up)
  • Fol. 4: foolscap with seven bells (upside up)
  • Fol. 31: foolscap with bent points (upside up).
  • ...
  • Fol. 38: "GM" upside up (the countermark of fol. 31).
  • Fol. 39: "P" upside down (i.e. countermark to an upside-up foolscap).
  • Fol. 40: "P" upside down (i.e. countermark to an upside-up foolscap).
  • Fol. 41: "P" upside down (i.e. countermark to an upside-up foolscap).

There is older pagination (1-82).On some leaves, there is later foliation in red ink visible in the top outer corners.
There are six quires:
  • Quire I: fols. 1-4 (1+4, 2+3) (2 bifolia) Note: Both bifolia are repaired at the spine fold. Originally, the leaves formed a quire together with the last four leaves of AM 218 fol.
  • Quire II: fols. 5-12 (5+12, 6+11, 7+10, 8+9) (4 bifolia) Note: This is an original quire.
  • Quire III: fols. 13-22 (13+22, 14+21, 15+20, 16+19, 17+18) (5 bifolia)
  • Quire IV: fols. 23-30 (23+30, 24+29, 25+28, 26+27) (4 bifolia)
  • Quire V: fols. 31-37 (31, 32+37, 33+36. 34+35) (1 singleton, 3 bifolia) Note: Fol. 31 used to form the outer bifolium of this quire together with fol. 38 from the following quire.
  • Quire VI: fols. 38-41 (38+41, 39+40) (2 bifolia (joined later)) Note: Fol. 38 used to belong to quire V, and the other three formed a quire with the first three leaves of AM 113 d fol.
There are no quire signatures.There are catchwords on every page but the last one.
  • The condition is rather poor.
  • Many of leaves are dirty or damaged.
  • Some older repairs are visible, e.g. on fols. 10 and 12.
The text is written in one column. 270 mm x 165 mm45-4810-14
Unknown Kurrent Sole
Info: The same script as in AM 341 fol., which Kålund associates with Hákon Ormsson (Kålund 1889-1894, 1: 278).
  • Paratext: The catchwords are decorated. Some are surrounded by two lines forming a pointy angle (sometimes with a loop at the left); others have additional squiggles underneath, which continue all the way to the bottom of the page.
  • Initial: The initials are written out by the scribe. They are slightly decorated.
  • Paratext: The rubrics are written with larger letters of chancery script.
  • There are many additions in the margins. They are in the hand of the scribe.

The current binding (311 mm x 227 mm x 35 mm) is a modern half binding with fabric on the boards. It is from 1974 when the manuscript was treated by Birgitte Dall (see additional slip).
An older binding is extant. It is made out of brown marbled paper on cardboards. This binding was put in place, when an even earlier binding from Árni Magnússon's time, made out of parchment leaves containing Latin text and musical notes, was removed and transferred to the Accessoria collection: Access 7 (Hs 2) (Kålund 1889-1894, 1: 72).
  • An AM-slip (160 mm x 60 mm) in the hand of Árni Magnússon is located in the front of the manuscript. It reads:
    "Landnama bok ur bok þeirre er eg feck af Jonas Dadasyne"
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  • There is a loose slip with information on the restoration of the manuscript by Birgitte Dall in 1974.
This codocological unit was written in Iceland. Kålund dates it to the seventeenth century (Kålund 1889-1894, 1: 72).
Árni Magnússon received the codex, of which this codicological unit was a part, from Jón Daðason (see AM-slip).

Former Physical Context:
  • When Árni Magnússon acquired the codicological unit it was part of Ms94.


Last update: 2016.
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