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AM 144 fol.
AM 144 fol.
Stofnun Árna Magnússonar í íslenskum fræðum, Reykjavík
This manuscript consists of 3 parts.
Codex
Paper
i, 52, i320 mm x 200 mm
On the flyleaves, there are no watermarks visible but chain-lines.


The current binding (320 mm x 280 mm x 17 mm) is a half binding. The spine is covered with parchment that has parchment strips laced through the spine fold. Onto the originally blank material, ink from script and initials has rubbed of. This ink stems from reused parchment leaves that used to cover the boards, but were taken off under Kålund and have been replaced with brown marbled paper. The parchment leaves with Latin text, musical notation and coloured initials are now part of Access. 7 (Hs 1 and Hs 2).
  • An AM-slip (162 mm x 156 mm) is attached to the front flyleaf. Árni Magnússon has written on it:
    "Vigaglums-Saga. Svarfdælasaga"
    and in a lighter ink:
    "Hrafnkels saga Freysgoda, p.55. Gunnar saga Kelldugnups fifls. þattur af Þorsteine forvitna Þorsteins Saga Hvita þattur af Þorsteine Austfirding. þattur af Þorsteine (ỏdrum) Austfirdskum. Af Þorsteine Stangar Hỏgg. Gunnars Saga Þidrandabana. Ur bok i grænu bande, er eg feck af Sr Jone Torfasyne ä Breidabolstad."
  • There are two loose slips with information on the restoration done in Copenhagen.
AM 144 fol. CU1 (1601-1700, Iceland)
1. (1r-11v) Víga-Glúms saga Icelandic Sagan af Viga-Glúmi Ingjaldur hiet maður, son Helga hins magra allmargra manna hier ä Íslande og lykur hier saga Glúms.
Codex
Paper
11
The watermark is a flourished coat of arms with a fish and the letters "S" and "O" inside. A countermark is not visible. Note: The same watermark is found in AM 188 fol. The details are:
  • Fol. 1: "blank"
  • Fol. 2: "blank"
  • Fol. 3: fish
  • Fol. 4: fish
  • Fol. 5: fish
  • Fol. 6: "blank"
  • Fol. 7: fish
  • Fol. 8: "blank"
  • Fol. 9: "blank"
  • Fol. 10: "blank"
  • Fol. 11: fish

There is contemporary pagination in dark ink in the top outer corners (1-22).There is later foliation in red ink in the top outer corners (1-11).
There are three quires:
  • Quire I: fols. 1-5 (1+4, 2+3, 5) (2 bifolia, 1 singleton) Note: The singleton fol. 5 has been attached to fol. 4, but was originally part of the following quire.
  • Quire II: fols. 6-7 (6+7) (1 bifolium) Note: Fols. 5 and 8 from the previous and following quires used to form the outer bifolium of this quire.
  • Quire III: fols. 8-[12] (8, 9+[12], 10+11) (1 singleton, 2 bifolia) Note: Fol. 8 used to belong to the previous quire. Fol. 12 was originally part of this quire but was detached from fol. 9, in order to be part of the following CU. During later repair, the bifolium 9+12 has been rejoined.
There are no quire signatures.There are catchwords on every page.
  • There are stains on many pages, e.g. fols. 7.
  • Some leaves show older repairs using strips of regular paper.
  • The leaves have been trimmed, causing damage to the running titles on the first ca. 18 pages.
The text is written in one column. 265 mm x 150-160 mm45-5017-21Note: There are letters in the margins to indicate verses (V).There are running titles in the hand of the scribe.
Unknown Chancery Sole
  • Initial: There is a decorated initial in the hand of the scribe on fol. 1r. The initial spans ca. 4 lines and shows some intricate flourishing.
  • Paratext: The rubric is written in larger, sometimes decorated letters.
  • Paratext: The first line of the text is written in larger and more decorative letters.
  • Paratext: There are decorated catchwords on each page. The decoration always consists of loops and squiggles but varies slightly.
  • Paratext: The end of the text is written in the shape of half a diamond.
There are no later additions.

(see above)
The manuscript part was written in Iceland, most likely in Suðurland together with AM 144 fol. CU2 and AM 144 fol. CU3, which are mostly copied from AM 156 fol. and AM 161 fol. that were originally in one codex (MS28a). Kålund dates the manuscript to the seventeenth century (Kålund 1889-1894, 1: 102).
Árni Magnússon received the manuscript, of which this codicological unit was a part, from séra Jón Torfason in Breiðabólstaður (see AM-slip).

Former Physical Context:
  • When Árni Magnússon acquired the codicological unit it was part of Ms72.


AM 144 fol. CU2 (1601-1700, Iceland)
2. (12r-27r) Svarfdæla saga (defective) Icelandic Svarfdæla saga Það er upphaf að þessari sögu Ljótur lét drepa Eglu-Halla, bróður Karls unga. Nú lýkur hér Svarfdæla sögu með slíku efni. Copy of AM 161 fol. CU1 Note: The original ending of Svarfdæla saga is preserved on fol. 27r of AM 144 fol. CU3, where it is crossed out. At some point is was also pasted over with the slip that contains a transcription of the crossed-out text in a later hand (fol. [27bis]).
Codex
Paper
16
The watermark on fols. 12-20 is a flourished coat of arms with a fish and the letters "S" and "O" inside. Note: The same watermark is found in AM 188 fol.
On fols. 21-26 there is a deer on its hind legs with a flower behind it, standing on the letters "GRE".
The details are:
  • Fol. 12: fish
  • Fol. 13: "blank"
  • Fol. 14: fish
  • Fol. 15: "blank"
  • Fol. 16: fish
  • Fol. 17: "blank"
  • Fol. 18: "blank"
  • Fol. 19: fish
  • Fol. 20: fish
  • Fol. 21: "blank"
  • Fol. 22: deer
  • Fol. 23: "blank"
  • Fol. 24: deer
  • Fol. 25: deer (up-side down)
  • Fol. 26: "blank"
There is a small bent part of an unidentifiable watermark visible in the top outer corner of the added leaf fol. [27bis].

There is contemporary pagination in dark ink in the top outer corners (23-52).There is later foliation in red ink in the top outer corners (12-27). The red foliation number "27" is located in the corner of the leaf now counted as "[27bis]" as the two leaves were foliated together when they were glued together.
There are four quires:
  • Quire IV: Fols. 12-16 (12, 13+16, 14+15) (1 singleton, 2 bifolia) Note: Fol. 12 was originally part of quire III of AM 144 fol. CU1 but was detached from fol. 9, in order to be part of this CU. During later repair, the bifolium 9+12 has been rejoined.
  • Quire V: Fols. 17-20 (17+20, 18+19) (2 bifolia)
  • Quire VI: Fols. 21-24 (21+24, 22+23) (2 bifolia)
  • Quire VII: Fols. 25-[28] (25+[28], 26+[27] (with [27bis] in the middle)) (2 bifolia, 1 singleton) Note: Both bifolia show older repairs at the spine, indicating that they used to be separated and partially made part of AM 144 fol. CU3. A small strip of fol. [27bis] is now attached to the innermost margin of fol. 27r, but used to be the last leaf of AM 144 fol. CU2, before it was pasted over the entire crossed-out text part on fol. 27r.
There are no quire signatures.There are catchwords on every page.
  • There are minor stains.
  • Some leaves show older repairs using paper strips.
  • Fol. [27bis] that for some time was glued onto the upper half of fol. 27r of AM 144 fol. CU3, was removed and is now attached close to the spine, so that the formerly underlying crossed-out text is visible.
  • The leaves have been trimmed, causing damage to the running titles on the first pages.
The text is written in one column. 265-280 mm x 150-160 mm43-5017-21Note: There are letters in the margins to indicate verses (V).There are running title in the hand of the scribe.
Unknown Chancery Sole
  • Initial: There are slighlty decorated initials in the hand of the scribe, e.g. on fol. 18v. The initials span ca. 3-5 lines.
  • Paratext: The first rubric is written in large intrically decorated letters, while other rubrics are written in enlarged letters.
  • Paratext: The first line of some sections is written in larger letters.
  • Paratext: There are decorated catchwords on each page. The decoration always consists of loops and squiggles but varies slightly.
  • Paratext: The running title on fol. 16v has a red initial.
  • Paratext: The original end of the text is written in the shape of half a diamond.
  • The slip fol. [27bis] was added to the end of the text. It contains a transcription of the crossed-out text (27r in AM 144 fol. CU3). The slip is as wide as the other leaves but only half as high.

(see above)
The manuscript part was written in Iceland, most likely in Suðurland together with AM 144 fol. CU1 and AM 144 fol. CU3, which are also mostly copied from AM 156 fol. and AM 161 fol. that were originally in one codex (MS28a). Kålund dates the manuscript to the seventeenth century (Kålund 1889-1894, 1: 102).
Árni Magnússon received the codex, of which this codicological was a part, from séra Jón Torfason in Breiðabólstaður (see AM-slip).

Former Physical Context:
  • When Árni Magnússon acquired the codicological unit it was part of Ms72.


AM 144 fol. CU3 (1601-1700, Iceland)
3. (27v-34r) Hrafnkels saga Freysgoða Icelandic Hér byrjar sögu af Hrafnkeli Freysgoða Það var á dögum Haralds kóngs hins hárfagra og þóttu miklir menn fyrir sér. Og lýkur hér frá Hrafnkeli að segja. Copy of AM 156 fol. CU3 Note: Fol. 32v is blank in order to indicate a lacuna. 4. (34v-40v) Gunnars saga Keldugnúpsfífls Icelandic Saga af Gunnari Keldugnúpsfífli Þorgrímur hét maður og átti ii sonu þótti það allt vera miklir menn fyrir sér. Og lýkur þar þessari sögu. Copy of AM 156 fol. CU5 5. (40v-41r) Þorsteins þáttur forvitna Icelandic Söguþáttur af Þorsteini forvitna Þorsteinn hét maður íslenskur er kom á fund Haralds kóngs Sigurðssonar með hinni mestu vináttu. Og lýkur þar frá Þorsteini hinum forvitna. 6. (41r-44r) Þorsteins saga hvíta Icelandic Saga af Þorsteini hvíta Maður hét Ölver hinn hvíti sem segir í Vopnfirðinga sögu. Og lýkur hér saga Þorsteins hins hvíta. Copy of AM 156 fol. CU1 7. (44v-45r) Þorsteins þáttur Austfirðings Icelandic Saga af Þorsteini Austfirðing Þorsteinn hét maður, austfirskur að ætt og þótti vera hinn mesti maður. Og lýkst þar frá honum að segja. 8. (45v-45v) Þorsteins þáttur fróða Icelandic Enn eitt ævintýri af öðrum íslenskum austfirskum Þorsteini Í Austfjörðum vóx upp sá maður er Þorsteinn hét og var löngum með kóngi. Lyktar þar þetta ævintýr. 9. (46r-48r) Þorsteins þáttur stangarhöggs Icelandic Af Þorsteini Stangarhögg Maður er nefndur Þorsteinn og bjó í Sunnudal og hafa margir höfðingjar frá þeim komið. Lýkur þar að segja frá Þorsteini Stangarhögg. Copy of AM 156 fol. CU2 10. (48r-51v) Gunnars þáttur Þiðrandabana Icelandic Saga af Gunnari Þiðrandabana Ketill hét maður og var kallaður þrumur og var hann í Noregi til elliævi sinnar. Og lýkur hér sögu Gunnars Þiðrandabana. Copy of AM 156 fol. CU4
Codex
Paper
25
The watermark on fols. 27-36 is a deer on its hind legs.
On fols. 37-48, there is a flourished coat of arms with a fish and the letters "S" and "O" inside. Note: The same watermark is found in AM 188 fol.
The details are:
  • Fol. 27: deer (up-side down)
  • Fol. 28: "blank"
  • Fol. 29: deer (up-side down)
  • Fol. 30: "blank"
  • Fol. 31: deer (up-side down)
  • Fol. 32: "blank"
  • Fol. 33: deer
  • Fol. 34: "blank"
  • Fol. 35: deer
  • Fol. 36: "blank"
  • Fol. 37: "blank"
  • Fol. 38: "blank"
  • Fol. 39: fish
  • Fol. 40: fish
  • Fol. 41: fish
  • Fol. 42: "blank"
  • Fol. 43: fish
  • Fol. 44: "blank"
  • Fol. 45: fish
  • Fol. 46: "blank"
  • Fol. 47: fish
  • Fol. 48: "blank"
  • Fol. 49: deer
  • Fol. 50: "blank"
  • Fol. 51: deer

There is contemporary pagination in dark ink in the top outer corners (53-102).There is later foliation in red ink in the with top outer corners (28-51).
There are six quires:
  • Quire VIII: Fols. [27]-32 ([27, 28], 29+32, 30+31) (2 bifolia) Note: Fols. 27 and 28 were detached from their original quire (quire VII in AM 144 fol. CU2), in order to be placed in front of this quire. During later repair, however, both leaves have been rejoined with their original counterparts 25 and 26.
  • Quire IX: Fols. 33-36 (33+36, 34+35) (2 bifolia)
  • Quire X: Fols. 37-40 (37+40, 38+39) (2 bifolia)
  • Quire XI: Fols. 41-44 (41+44, 42+43) (2 bifolia)
  • Quire XII: Fols. 45-48 (45+48, 46+47) (2 bifolia)
  • Quire XIII: Fols. 49-51 (49, 50+51) (1 singleton, 1 bifolium) Note: The singleton fol. 49 is attached to fol. 50. It appears to have been a singleton from the beginning.
There are no quire signatures.There are catchwords on every page.
  • There are stains on many pages, e.g. fol. 44.
  • Some leaves show older repairs using strips of regular paper.
  • Fol. [27bis] from the previous CU that used to be glued onto the upper half of fol. 27r of AM 144 fol. CU3, was removed and is now attached close to the spine, so that the formerly underlying crossed-out text is visible.
The text is written in one column. 255-265 mm x 150-160 mm42-4516-20Note: There are running title in the hand of the scribe.
Unknown Chancery Sole
  • Initial: There are decorated initials in the hand of the scribe on fols. 35v, 39v, 41r, 45v, 46r, 51r. The initials span ca. 2-5 lines and show at times intricate flourishing.
  • Paratext: The rubrics are written in larger, sometimes decorated letters.
  • Paratext: The first line of a saga or chapter was at times written in larger letters.
  • Paratext: There are decorated catchwords on each page. The decoration always consists of loops and squiggles but varies slightly.
  • Frieze: There are varying ornaments and tail-pieces at the end of chapters or paragraphs, e.g. fol. 41r, 44r and 48r.
  • On fol. 27r, the original ending of Svarfdæla saga is crossed out and used to be pasted over with a slip (fol. 27bis) containing a transcription of the crossed-out text in a later hand.

(see above)
The manuscript part was written in Iceland, most likely in Suðurland as most of the parts were copied from what is now AM 156 fol. and lost parts that were originally in one codex (MS28a). Kålund dates the manuscript to the seventeenth century (Kålund 1889-1894, 1: 102).
Árni Magnússon received the codex, of which this codicolgical unit was a part, from séra Jón Torfason in Breiðabólstaður (see AM-slip).

Former Physical Context:
  • When Árni Magnússon acquired the codicological unit it was part of Ms72.


Last update: 2016.
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