Árni Magnússon’s rearrangement of paper manuscripts

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AM 164 e γ fol.
AM 164 e γ fol. (1651-1700, Iceland)
Stofnun Árna Magnússonar í íslenskum fræðum, Reykjavík
1. (1r-4v) Orms þáttur Stórólfssonar Icelandic Þáttur Orms Stórólfssonar Ketill hængur hét maður sonur Þorkels Naumdæla og þótti æ hinn mesti maður og varð ellidauður og hélt vel trú sína. Og lýkur þar söguþætti þessum frá Ormi Stórólfssyni. Note: The lower part of fol. 4v is blank. The text was compared to the text in AM 160 fol., which was written by Jón Erlendsson (see notes by Árni Magnússon on fol. 1r and the AM-slip).
4316 mm x 200 mm
The watermark is a deer on its hind legs. Note: The same watermark is found in AM 15 fol. and AM 144 fol.

There is contemporary pagination in ink in the top outer corners (103-110).There is later foliation in red ink in the top margins (1-4).
There are two quires:
  • Quire I: fols. 1-2 (1 bifolium)
  • Quire II: fols. 3-4 (1 bifolium)
There are no quire signatures.There are catchwords.
The leaves are somewhat discoloured from stains, especially in the upper margins and the top edge.

The text is written in one column. 240 mm x 155 mm40-4514-17Note: There are running titles in the hand of the scribe.Verses are indicated in the margins ("V").
Unknown Chancery fractura Sole
Info: Catchwords were written in kurrent script.
  • Initial: The first initial is enlarged. It corresponds to ca. 6 lines and was originally written at the same time as the rubric and first line. Later on, it was redrawn with black ink (possibly in the same ink that was used for the variants in the margins).
  • Paratext: The rubric and first lines of the text are written with larger, decorated letters.
  • Paratext: The catchwords are decorated with multiple circles and loops, e.g. 2v-3r.
  • Border: The outside and top edges of the leaves are coloured red.
  • There is a note by Árni Magnússon from ca. 1710 on top of fol. 1r. It concerns the comparison with a manuscript in the hand of Jón Erlendsson in Villingahollt (i.e. AM 160 fol. (handrit.is)):
    "Saman bored vid hỏnd Sera Jons Erlendz sonar i villinga hollte."
  • There are variants from AM 160 fol. in the margins in the hand of one of Árni Magnússon's scribes, possibly Þórður Þórðarson (handrit.is).

The current binding is a plain grey cardboard binding (320 mm x 207 mm x 4 mm) from the time of Jens Jacob Weber, i.e. 1771-1780. On the front cover,
"No 164 E cγ. Saga af Orme Störölfs sÿne"
is written with black ink. On the spine, there are two stickers for the shelfmark and the running number. The inside of the binding contains multiple layers of printed material, possibly the same as in AM 188 fol.
  • In front of the manuscript, there is an AM-slip (49 mm x 179 mm) written by Árni Magnússon:
    "Þattur af orme Storofolssyne ur bok i grænu bande er eg feck af Sera Jone Torfasyne. ä Breidabolstad Confereradur vid hỏnd Sera Jons Erlendzsonar i Villinga hollte."
The codicological unit was written in Iceland. Kålund dates it to the later half of the seventeenth century (Kålund 1889-1894, 1: 134). It was originally part of a larger codex in a green binding (see AM-slip).
Árni Magnússon received the larger codex, of which this codicological unit was a part, from the pastor Jón Torfason of Breiðabólstaður.

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

Last update: 2016.
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