Árni Magnússon’s rearrangement of paper manuscripts

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AM 109 a 8vo
AM 109 a 8vo
Stofnun Árna Magnússonar í íslenskum fræðum, Reykjavík
This manuscript consists of 7 parts.

The three volumes are stored in a common box.
Codex
Paper
i, 142, iNote: This physical description accounts for parts AM 109 a 8vo I CU1-3.

The current binding of AM 109 a 8vo I CU1-3 is a modern half binding from 1964 with marbled brown paper on the boards. It was made by Birgitte Dall prior to the manuscript being sent to Iceland.
Before, all of AM 109 a 8vo I-III was bound in a dark half binding from Kristian Kålund's time, i.e. ca. 1883-1919.

A bifolium (160 mm x 102 mm) is located in front of the volume. Árni Magnússon has written on the recto-side of its first leaf:
"Ans saga.
Ur Ketils Hængs Sỏgu inntak.
Grims Saga lodinkinna.
Ỏrvar Oddz Saga."
AM 109 a 8vo I CU1 (1601-1700, Iceland)
1. (1r:1-19v:9) Áns saga bogsveigis Icelandic Nu vpp hefst hier Ans saga Þann tyma er piltur kongar voru i Noregi hofst þesse saga og lykur hier vid sogn Ans bogsueigis. Note: Fol. 19v contains the first 15 lines of Egils saga einhenda og Ásmundar berserkjabana, which are crossed out.
Codex
Paper
19160 mm x 102 mm
There is a large foolscap with five bells in the collar and a chain behind the head.
The details are:
  • Fol. 1: top part of foolscap (back of the head)
  • Fol. 2: countermark (letters?)
  • Fol. 3: countermark (letters?)
  • Fol. 4: lower part of foolscap (cross)
  • Fol. 5: lower part of foolscap (4)
  • Fol. 6: countermark (letters?)
  • Fol. 7: countermark (letters?)
  • Fol. 8: top part of foolscap (face)
  • Fol. 9: countermark (letters?)
  • Fol. 10: top part of foolscap (back of the head)
  • Fol. 11: lower part of foolscap (cross)
  • Fol. 12: countermark (letters?)
  • Fol. 13: countermark (letters?)
  • Fol. 14: lower part of foolscap (4)
  • Fol. 15: top part of foolscap (face)
  • Fol. 16: countermark (letters?)
  • Fol. 17: countermark (letters?)
  • Fol. 18: top part of foolscap (back of the head)
  • Fol. 19: lower part of foolscap (cross)
On the front flyleaves, there is a different foolscap watermark with seven bells in the collar.

There is later foliation (1-19) in purple in the upper right-hand corners.There is contemporary(?) pagination in brown ink in the bottom margins (1-37).
Today, there are four quires:
  • Quire I: fols. 1-6 (1+6, 2+5, 3+4) (3 bifolia) Note: All leaves have been repaired close to the spine. The original quire consisted of four bifolia, including the first two leaves of the current second quire: 1+8, 2+7, 3+6, 4+5.
  • Quire II: fols. 7-10 (7+10, 8+9) (2 bifolia) Note: All leaves have been repaired. The leaves originally belonged to the preceding and following quire.
  • Quire III: fols. 11-14 (11+14, 12+13) (2 bifolia) Note: These leaves form original bifolia, but the quire used to contain two more bifolia: 9+16 and 10+15.
  • Quire IV: fols. 15-18 (15+18, 16+17) (2 bifolia) Note: All leaves have been repaired. Fols. 15 and 16 originally belonged to the preceding quire, while fols. 17 and 18 used to be in the beginning of a new quire, to which also fol. 19 belonged (see below).The singleton 19 is today part of the first quire in CU2 (quire V).
Originally, the leaves were arranged in two and a half quires of four bifolia (see watermarks). The last quire continued in today's CU2. At some point, it was dismembered according to the text boundaries, and during modern restoration, the quire boundary was moved to be in between fols. 18 and 19.
There are no quire signatures.There are catchwords on most pages.
  • The leaves are rather dark and have been repaired extensively (mostly at the edges and close to the spine).
  • There are many stains, especially at the original quire boundaries, i.e. fols. 1r, 8v-9r and 16v-17r.
  • In the older binding, the leaves were glued to the spine using small strips of paper on the inner margins that partly also covered the original text.
The text is written in one column. 140 mm x 95 mm26-307-10Note: Verses are indicated in the margins (with a decorated "v").
Bjarni Jónsson Hybrida Sole
Info: The scribe was identified as a certain Bjarni Jónsson (Springborg 1969, 313).
  • Initial: There is a large initial (7 lines) in black ink with floral ornaments on fol. 1r. The other initials hardly span more than one line and are only slightly decorated.
  • Frieze: There are three tailpieces at the end of the text. Their shape resembles a combination of "7" and "l".
  • On fol. 1r, some words have been erased in the lower margin.
  • The scribe made a correction to the text in the lower margin of fol. 3r.
There is no additional material.
The codicological unit was written in northern Iceland. Kålund dates it to the seventeenth century (Kålund 1889-1894, 2: 396).
It is hitherto unknown when or from whom Árni Magnússon acquired the codicological unit.

Former Physical Context:
  • When Árni Magnússon acquired the codicological unit it was part of Ms14.


AM 109 a 8vo I CU2 (1601-1700, Iceland)
2. (20r-45v:4) Egils saga einhenda [without beg.] Icelandic [no rubric] Begins: kemur eitt mikid dyr þat og lukum vær þar þessari sogu. Note: First 14 lines of the saga are on fol. 19v:10-24 in the previous CU; heavily struck-through and illegible. 3. (45v:5-70v:22) Hálfdanar saga Eysteinssonar Icelandic Saga af Halfdane Eysteins sine Þrandur hefur kongur heitid og lukum vær þar þessa frasogu
Codex
Paper
51160 mm x 103 mm
There are three different watermarks. One is a large foolscap in a collar with five bells and a chain in the back of the head. The other watermark is a coat of arms, with floral ornaments around it and some writing underneath. The third watermark is a smaller foolscap in a collar with five(?) bells.
The details are:
  • Fol. 20: countermark (no letters?)
  • Fol. 21: countermark (no letters?)
  • Fol. 22: lower part of foolscap (4)
  • Fol. 23: top part of foolscap (face)
  • Fol. 24: countermark (letters?)
  • Fol. 25: countermark (letters?)
  • Fol. 26: lower part of foolscap (cross)
  • Fol. 27: top part of foolscap (back of the head)
  • Fol. 28: countermark (no letters?)
  • Fol. 29: countermark (no letters?)
  • Fol. 30: top part of foolscap (face)
  • Fol. 31: lower part of foolscap (4)
  • Fol. 32: countermark (letters?)
  • Fol. 33: top part of foolscap (face)
  • Fol. 34: countermark (letters?)
  • Fol. 35: countermark (no letters?)
  • Fol. 36: lower part of foolscap (4)
  • Fol. 37: lower part of foolscap (cross)
  • Fol. 38: countermark (no letters?)
  • Fol. 39: countermark (letters?)
  • Fol. 40: top part of foolscap (back of the head)
  • Fol. 41: top part of foolscap (back of the head)
  • Fol. 42: countermark (letters?)
  • Fol. 43: countermark (letters?)
  • Fol. 44: lower part of foolscap (cross)
  • Fol. 45: lower part of foolscap (4)
  • Fol. 46: countermark (letters?)
  • Fol. 47: countermark (letters?)
  • Fol. 48: top part of foolscap (face)
  • Fol. 49: countermark (no letters?)
  • Fol. 50: top part of foolscap (back of the head)
  • Fol. 51: lower part of foolscap (cross)
  • Fol. 52: countermark (letters?)
  • Fol. 53: countermark (letters?)
  • Fol. 54: lower part of foolscap (4)
  • Fol. 55: top part of foolscap (face)
  • Fol. 56: countermark (no letters?)
  • Fol. 57: top part of coat of arms
  • Fols 58: "blank"
  • Fols 59: "blank"
  • Fol. 60: lower part of coat of arms, writing
  • Fol. 61: lower part of coat of arms, writing
  • Fols 62: "blank"
  • Fols 63: "blank"
  • Fol. 64: top part of coat of arms
  • Fols 65: "blank"
  • Fols 66: small foolscap, bottom part
  • Fols 67: small foolscap, top part
  • Fols 68: "blank"
  • Fols 69: "blank"
  • Fols 70: small foolscap, top part

There is contemporary pagination in brown ink in the bottom margin (1-51). Note: The same hand has foliated AM 109 a 8vo I CU1.There is later foliation in pencil in the top outer corners indicating today's folio numbers running through the whole manuscript.
There is later foliation in purple (1-51) in the top outer corners. The numbers have been overwritten by the foliation in pencil.
There is later foliation in purple on fols. 20r-27r (121-1[35]), mostly in the bottom margins. This foliation is crossed out again using the same purple colour.
Today, there are ten quires:
  • Quire V: fols. 19-22 (19+22, 20+21) (2 bifolia) Note: All leaves have been repaired and joined into new bifolia, so that the leaves form a quire of two bifolia together with the last leaf of AM 109 a 8vo CU1 (fol. 19). Originally, the leaves were the continuation of the third original quire, which was demonstrably in two parts during Árni Magnússon's time (see AM 456 fol. and former foliation).
  • Quire VI: fols. 23-26 (23+26, 24+25) (2 bifolia) Note: All leaves have been repaired. They originally belonged to the preceding and following quire.
  • Quire VII: fols. 27-30 (27+30, 28+29) (2 bifolia) Note: These leaves form original bifolia, but the quire used to have two more bifolia: 25+32 and 26+31.
  • Quire VIII: fols. 31-34 (31+34, 32+33) (2 bifolia) Note: The leaves have been repaired. They originally belonged to the preceding and following quire.
  • Quire IX: fols. 35-38 (35+38, 36+37) (2 bifolia) Note: These leaves form original bifolia, but the quire used to have two more bifolia: 33+40 and 34+39.
  • Quire X: fols. 39-42 (39+42, 40+41) (2 bifolia) Note: The leaves have been repaired. They originally belonged to the preceding and following quire.
  • Quire XI: fols. 43-48 (43+48, 44+47, 45+46) (3 bifolia) Note: The leaves have been repaired. They were joined during later conservation to form three bifolia. Originally, they formed a quaternion together with fols. 41 and 42: 41+48, 42+47, 43+46, 44+45.
  • Quire XII: fols. 49-56 (49+56, 50+55, 51+52, 53+54) (4 bifolia) Note: This is an original quire.
  • Quire XIII: fols. 57-64 (57+64, 58+63, 59+62, 60+61) (4 bifolia) Note: This is an original quire.
  • Quire XIV: fols. 65-70 (65+71, 66+72, 67+70, 68+69) (2 bifolia and 2 singletons) Note: The singletons 65 and 66 have been joined with fols. 71 and 72 of the first quire in AM 109 a 8vo CU3, which did not originally follow this CU.
Originally, there were six and a half quires. The last two leaves are now missing. Together with AM 109 a 8vo CU1, there used to be eight regular quires of four bifolia each.
There are no quire signatures.There are catchwords on most pages.
  • The leaves are rather dark and have been repaired extensively (mostly at the edges and close to the spine).
  • In the older binding, the leaves were glued to the spine using small strips of paper on the inner margins that partly also covered the original text.
  • There are many stains, especially at the original quire boundaries, i.e. fols. 24v-25r, 32v-33r, 40v-41r, 48v-49r, 56v-57r, 64v-65r. Moreover, fols. 45v, 46r and 70v are darker, even though they are not located at original quire boundaries. Note: The opening Fols. 45v-46r used to be at the centre of a quire and 70v is at a text boundary and enforced quire boundary.
The text is written in one column. 235 mm x 80 mm20-267-9
Unknown Chancery Sole
  • Initial: The initials are slightly larger than the main text (1-2 lines) and are somewhat decorated by means of bold strokes and additional lines.
  • Paratext: The rubrics are written slightly larger than the rest and are more decorative.
  • Paratext: The catchwords are sometimes decorated with a "C"-shaped line to the left.
  • There are a few additions in the margins, possibly by the scribe.
There is no additional material.
The codicological unit was written in northern Iceland. Kålund dates it to the seventeenth century (Kålund 1889-1894, 2: 396).
It is hitherto unknown when or from whom Árni Magnússon acquired the codicological unit.

Former Physical Context:
  • When Árni Magnússon acquired the codicological unit it was part of Ms14.


AM 109 a 8vo I CU3 (1601-1700, Iceland)
4. (71r:5-77r:19) Ketils saga hængs Icelandic Inntak nockud vr søgu Kietilz hængz Hallbiorn hiet madur. Hann var kalladur halftroll Kietill hængur ried firir Hrafnystu medann hann lifdi og lykur hier frä honum ad seigia Note: On top of the page, four lines of Buslubæn from Bósa saga are struck through. (Springborg 1970, Opuscula IV, 366-368). 5. (77r:20-83v:16) Gríms saga loðinkinna Icelandic Sagann af Øruar Odde kiemur nu ä epter sonar sine Kietilz Svo er sagt af Gryme lodinn kinna enn hier geingur vpp Øruar Oddz saga og er mikil saga. 6. (83v:17-142v:25) Örvar-Odds saga Icelandic Eiginnlig saga Oddz Grymur hiet madur. Hann var kallad lodinn kinne og lykur þar vm sógu Órvar Oddz epter þui sem fröder menn hafa sagt Finis þessarar sógu. Órvar Oddur ei med eiginn hendi Note: A note in the hand of the scribe on fol. 84v indicates that some text is missing.
Codex
Paper
72159 mm x 102 mm
There are several watermarks, some of which are difficult to see due to the condition of the paper. The first watermark consists of two round towers with windows. Underneath the arrangement, there is a pointy decoration. Moreover, there are a large foolscap watermark with five bells in the collar and a different watermark which resembles the towers of the first, but has more decoration, including a sun or flower.
Some details are:
  • Fol. 71: bottom part of towers
  • Fol. 72: countermark with parts of letter
  • Fol. 73: ?
  • Fol. 74: top part of towers
  • Fol. 75: bottom part of towers
  • Fol. 76: top part of towers
  • Fol. 77: "blank"?
  • Fol. 78: "blank"?
  • Fol. 79: top part of towers
  • Fol. 80: bottom part of towers?
  • Fol. 81: top of foolscap (back of head)
  • Fol. 82: lower part of foolscap (cross)
  • Fol. 83: lower part of foolscap (4)
  • Fol. 84: top of foolscap (face)
  • Fol. 85: other decoration
  • Fol. 86: tower with half round half squared windows?
  • Fol. 86: tower with sun/flower?
  • Fol. 88: other decoration?
  • Fol. 89: other decoration?
  • Fol. 90: tower with sun/flower?
  • Fol. 91: tower with half round half squared windows?
  • Fol. 92: other decoration
  • Fol. 93: other decoration?
  • Fol. 94: tower with half round half squared windows?
  • Fol. 95: tower with sun/flower?
  • Fol. 96: other decoration?
  • Fol. 97: other decoration?
  • Fol. 98: tower with sun/flower?
  • Fol. 99: tower with half round half squared windows?
  • Fol. 100: other decoration
  • Fol. 101: other decoration?
  • Fol. 102: tower with half round half squared windows?
  • Fol. 103: tower with sun/flower?
  • Fol. 104: other decoration?
  • Fol. 105: other decoration?
  • Fol. 106: tower with sun/flower?
  • Fol. 107: tower with half round half squared windows?
  • Fol. 108: other decoration
  • Fol. 109: other decoration?
  • Fol. 110: tower with half round half squared windows?
  • Fol. 111: tower with sun/flower?
  • Fol. 112: other decoration?
  • Fol. 113: other decoration?
  • Fol. 114: tower with sun/flower?
  • Fol. 115: tower with half round half squared windows?
  • Fol. 116: other decoration
  • Fol. 117: other decoration?
  • Fol. 118: tower with half round half squared windows?
  • Fol. 119: tower with sun/flower?
  • Fol. 120: other decoration?
  • Fol. 121: other decoration?
  • Fol. 122: tower with sun/flower?
  • Fol. 123: tower with half round half squared windows?
  • Fol. 124: other decoration
  • Fol. 125: other decoration?
  • Fol. 126: tower with half round half squared windows?
  • Fol. 127: tower with sun/flower?
  • Fol. 128: other decoration?
  • Fol. 129: other decoration?
  • Fol. 130: tower with sun/flower?
  • Fol. 131: tower with half round half squared windows?
  • Fol. 132: other decoration
  • Fol. 133: tower
  • Fol. 134: other decoration?
  • Fol. 135: "blank"? (added leaf)
  • Fol. 136: countermark of foolscap (letters) [added leaf: shorter]
  • Fol. 137: other decoration?
  • Fol. 138: tower
  • Fol. 139: tower
  • Fol. 140: other decoration?
  • Fol. 141: other decoration?
  • Fol. 142: tower

There is later foliation in pencil in the top outer corners (71-142).There is slightly earlier foliation in purple in the top outer corners (20-91), which was corrected by the foliation in pencil.
There is (contemporary?) pagination, individually for each saga, in the bottom margin. Note: The pagination is in a different hand than the text.
Today, there are nine quires:
  • Quire [XIV]: fols. 71 and 72 are now part of the last quire in AM 109 a 8vo CU2. Note: Fols. 71-74 stem from the same original quire, which is probably incompletely preserved.
  • Quire XV: fols. 73-78 (73+78, 74+77, 75+76) (2 bifolia) Note: The leaves have been repaired and joined in a new way. Fols. 73 and 74 used to belong to the previous quire, while fols. 75-78 used to form a quire of three bifolia together with fols. 79-80 from the following quire: 75+80, 76+79, 77+78.
  • Quire XVI: fols. 79-84 (79+84, 80+83, 81+82) (3 bifolia) Note: The leaves have been repaired. Fols. 79 and 80 used to belong to the preceding quire, while the remaining leaves formed a short quire of two bifolia: 81+84, 82+83.
  • Quire XVII: fols. 85-92 (85+92, 86+91, 87+90, 88+89) (4 bifolia) Note: This is an original quire.
  • Quire XVIII: fols. 93-100 (93+100, 94+99, 95+98, 96+97) (4 bifolia) Note: This is an original quire.
  • Quire XIX: fols. 101-108 (101+108, 102+107, 103+106, 104+105) (4 bifolia) Note: This is an original quire.
  • Quire XX: fols. 109-116 (109+116, 110+115, 111+114, 112+113) (4 bifolia) Note: This is an original quire.
  • Quire XXI: fols. 117-124 (117+124, 118+123, 119+122, 120+121) (4 bifolia) Note: This is an original quire.
  • Quire XXII: fols. 125-132 (125+132, 126+131, 127+130, 128+129) (4 bifolia) Note: This is an original quire.
  • Quire XXIII: fols. 133-142 (133+142, 134+141, 135, 136, 137+140, 138+139) (4 bifolia with 2 singletons inserted.) Note: This is an original, but augmented quire.
There used to be seven large quires (of four bifolia) and two smaller quires, plus a now incomplete quire in the beginning.
There are no quire signatures.There are catchwords on most pages.
  • The leaves are rather dark and have been repaired extensively (mostly at the edges and close to the spine).
  • There are many stains, especially at original quire boundaries.
  • The lower portion of fol. 136 has been excised with no apparent loss of text.
The text is written in one column. 140 mm x 85 mm27-299-11
Bjarni Jónsson Hybrida Sole
Info: The scribe was identified as a certain Bjarni Jónsson (Springborg 1969, 313).
  • Initial: The first initials of the texts are intricately decorated in black ink. They span ca. 3-4 lines. Other first letters of sections are written in the same size as the rest of the text, but there is some space left blank at the beginning of the line.
  • Fols. 135-136 are singletons and the latter is shorter than the other leaves. Both leaves were written by the same scribe as the rest of the text, who probably filled in for a skipped page.
There is no additional material.
The codicological unit was written in northern Iceland. Kålund dates it to the seventeenth century (Kålund 1889-1894, 2: 396).
It is hitherto unknown when or from whom Árni Magnússon acquired the codicological unit.

Former Physical Context:
  • When Árni Magnússon acquired the codicological unit it was part of Ms14.


Codex
Paper
i, 115, iNote: This physical description accounts for the parts AM 109 a 8vo II CU4-6.

The current binding is a modern half binding with marbled brown paper on the boards from 1964. It was made by Birgitte Dall prior to the manuscript being sent to Iceland.
AM 109 a 8vo II CU4 (1660, Iceland)
1. (143r:1-153v:3) Friðþjófs saga frækna (defective) Icelandic Hier byriar søgu af Fridþiofe enum frækna Suo byriar søgu þessa ad Bele kongur styrde Signafylke og endar hier nu søgu frä Fridþiöfe hinum frækna. 25. Januari Anno 1660. Note: In between fols. 152 and 153 ca. five leaves are missing, creating a larger lacuna. On fol. 153, there is the beginning of Jökuls þáttur Búasonar, not crossed out. The rest of the text is preserved in AM 116 III 8vo CU3.
Codex
Paper
11155 mm x 95 mm
The watermark is a jug with one handle and a decorated lid. On top of the lid is a quatrefoil. There is no countermark visible. The details are:
  • Fol. 143: "blank"
  • Fol. 144: lid (larger part)
  • Fol. 145: jug (larger part)
  • Fol. 146: "blank"
  • Fol. 147: "blank"
  • Fol. 148: jug (smaller part)
  • Fol. 149: lid (smaller part)
  • Fol. 150: "blank"
  • Fol. 151: "blank"
  • Fol. 152: lid (larger part)
  • Fol. 153: "blank"

There is later foliation in pencil in the top outer corners (143-257).There is slightly earlier foliation in purple in the top outer corners (92-102), which was overwritten by the foliation in pencil.
There are two quires:
  • Quire I: fols. 143-150 (143+150, 144+149, 145+148, 146+147) (4 bifolia)
  • Quire II: fols. 151-153 (151, 153, 152) (3 singletons) Note: These leaves originally belonged together with fols. 2, 4 and 5 of AM 116 III 8vo CU3.
There are quire signatures on fols. 143r (E) and 151r (F).There are catchwords on every page.
  • The leaves are rather dark and have been repaired extensively (mostly at the edges and close to the spine).
  • There are many stains, especially at the original quire boundaries.
  • The leaves are untrimmed.
The text is written in one column. 135 mm x 80 mm29-359-11Note: Verses are indicated with a "v" in the margin.
Brynjólfur Jónsson Hybrida Sole
Info: Written by Brynjólfur Jónsson from Efstaland (Slay 1960: The manuscripts of Hrólfs saga kraka, 160-161).
  • Initial: The initials are slightly larger than the main text (1-2 lines) and are sometimes decorated by means of bold lines or additional loops and strokes.
  • Paratext: The rubrics and first lines of the texts are written with slightly larger letters and in a more decorative way.
  • There is a later marginal note on 149v commenting on a word in the text.
There is no additional material.
The codicological unit was written in Efstaland in Iceland. According to the colophon, the codicological unit was written in 1660.
It is hitherto unknown, when or from whom Árni Magnússon acquired the codicological unit.

Former Physical Context:
  • When Árni Magnússon acquired the codicological unit it was part of Ms16.


AM 109 a 8vo II CU5 (1659-1660, Iceland)
2. (154r:1-162r:30) Ketils saga hængs Icelandic Hier byriast þättur af Katle hæng Hallbiørn hiet madur og var kalladur half trøll og endar hier þätt af Katle hæng. 3. (162v:1-166v:7) Gríms saga loðinkinna Icelandic Hier byrias þättur af Gryme lodinnkynnu Suo er sagt ad Grymur sonur Kietils hængz og lykur hier þessari søgu frä Katli hæng og Gryms lodinnkinnu 1659 4. (166v:8-211r:7) Örvar-Odds saga Icelandic Hier byriar søgu af øruar Odde hinum vydførla Madur er nefndur Grymur lödinnkynna og lykur hier so søgu øruar Oddz manudaginn fyrstan j Þorra Anno 1660.
Codex
Paper
58155 mm x 95 mm
The watermark is a jug with one handle and a decorated lid. On top of the lid is a quatrefoil. There is no countermark visible. The details are:
  • Fol. 154: "blank"
  • Fol. 155: lid (larger part)
  • Fol. 156: jug (larger part)
  • Fol. 157: "blank"
  • Fol. 158: "blank"
  • Fol. 159: jug (smaller part)
  • Fol. 160: lid (smaller part)
  • Fol. 161: "blank"
  • Fol. 162: "blank"
  • Fol. 163: jug (larger part)
  • Fol. 164: lid (larger part)
  • Fol. 165: "blank"
  • Fol. 166: "blank"
  • Fol. 167: lid (smaller part)
  • Fol. 168: jug (smaller part)
  • Fol. 169: "blank"
  • Fol. 170: jug (larger part)
  • Fol. 171: "blank"
  • Fol. 172: "blank"
  • Fol. 173: lid (larger part)
  • Fol. 174: lid (smaller part)
  • Fol. 175: "blank"
  • Fol. 176: "blank"
  • Fol. 177: jug (smaller part)
  • Fol. 178: "blank"
  • Fol. 179: lid (smaller part)
  • Fol. 180: jug (smaller part)
  • Fol. 181: "blank"
  • Fol. 182: "blank"
  • Fol. 183: jug (larger part)
  • Fol. 184: lid (larger part)
  • Fol. 185: "blank"
  • Fol. 186: lid (larger part)
  • Fol. 187: "blank"
  • Fol. 188: "blank"
  • Fol. 189: jug (larger part)
  • Fol. 190: jug (smaller part)
  • Fol. 191: "blank"
  • Fol. 192: "blank"
  • Fol. 193: lid (smaller part)
  • Fol. 194: lid (larger part)
  • Fol. 195: "blank"
  • Fol. 196: "blank"
  • Fol. 197: jug (larger part)
  • Fol. 198: jug (smaller part)
  • Fol. 199: "blank"
  • Fol. 200: "blank"
  • Fol. 201: lid (smaller part)
  • Fol. 202: "blank"
  • Fol. 203: jug (larger part)
  • Fol. 204: lid (larger part)
  • Fol. 205: "blank"
  • Fol. 206: "blank"
  • Fol. 207: "blank"
  • Fol. 208: "blank"
  • Fol. 209: lid (smaller part)
  • Fol. 210: jug (smaller part)
  • Fol. 211: "blank"

There is later foliation in pencil in the top outer corners (154-211).There is slightly earlier foliation in purple in the top outer corners (103-260).
There are seven quires:
  • Quire III: fols. 154-161 (154+161, 155+160, 156+159, 157+158) (4 bifolia)
  • Quire IV: fols 162-169 (162+169, 163+168, 164+167, 165+166) (4 bifolia)
  • Quire V: fols. 170-177 (170+177, 171+176, 172+175, 173+174) (4 bifolia)
  • Quire VI: fols. 178-185 (178+185, 179+184, 180+183, 181+182) (4 bifolia)
  • Quire VII: fols. 186-193 (186+193, 187+192, 188+191, 189+190) (4 bifolia)
  • Quire VIII: fols. 194-201 (194+201, 195+200, 196+199, 197+198) (4 bifolia)
  • Quire IX: fols. 202-211 (202+211, 203+210, 204+209, 205+208, 206+207) (5 bifolia)
There are quire signatures on fol. 154 (A:), fol. 162 (B.), fol. 170 (C.), fol. 178 (D:), fol. 186 (E:), fol. 194 (F:) and fol. 202 (G:).There are catchwords on every page.
  • The leaves are rather dark and have been repaired extensively (mostly at the edges and close to the spine).
  • There are many stains, especially at original quire boundaries.
  • The leaves are untrimmed.
The text is written in one column. 135 mm x 80 mm29-3010-12
Brynjólfur Jónsson Hybrida Sole
Info: Written by Brynjólfur Jónsson from Efstaland (Slay 1960: The manuscripts of Hrólfs saga kraka, 160-161).
  • Initial: The initials are slightly larger than the main text (1-2 lines) and are sometimes decorated by means of bold lines or additional loops and strokes.
  • Paratext: The rubrics and first lines of the texts are slightly larger than the rest of the text and are written in a more decorative manner.
  • Frieze: There are a few simple squiggles.
  • Paratext: Some catchwords are decorated with a small angled line to their left.
  • There are names and pen trials on fol. 211r-v including
    "Sagann af Orvar Odde"
    (fol. 211r) and
    "Sagan af Hrolfe konge kraka Noreige"
    and
    "Biorn Skulasonn Anno 1684"
    (fol. 211v).
There is no additional material.
The codicological unit was written in Efstaland in Iceland. According to the colophons, the codicological unit was written in 1659 and 1660 (fols. 166v, 211r).
It is hitherto unknown when or from whom Árni Magnússon acquired the codicological unit.

Former Physical Context:
  • When Árni Magnússon acquired the codicological unit it was part of Ms16.


AM 109 a 8vo II CU6 (1660, Iceland)
5. (212r:1-257r:27) Hrólfs saga kraka Icelandic Saga af Hrolfe konge kraka Madur hiet Haldän enn annar Frodi og endar hier søgu Hrolfs kongs kraka og kappa hanns Anno 1660. þann i dag maij manader Note: Fol. 257v contains the beginning of Ketils saga hængs, which is crossed out.
Codex
Paper
46160 mm x 100 mm
The watermark is a jug with one handle and a decorated lid. On top of the lid is a quatrefoil. There is no countermark visible. The details are:
  • Fol. 212: lid (larger part)
  • Fol. 213: "blank"
  • Fol. 214: "blank"
  • Fol. 215: jug (larger part)
  • Fol. 216: jug (smaller part)
  • Fol. 217: "blank"
  • Fol. 218: "blank"
  • Fol. 219: lid (smaller part)
  • Fol. 220: "blank"
  • Fol. 221: lid (larger part)
  • Fol. 222: jug (larger part)
  • Fol. 223: "blank"
  • Fol. 224: "blank"
  • Fol. 225: jug (smaller part)
  • Fol. 226: lid (smaller part)
  • Fol. 227: "blank"
  • Fol. 228: "blank"
  • Fol. 229: lid (larger part)
  • Fol. 230: jug (larger part)
  • Fol. 231: "blank"
  • Fol. 232: "blank"
  • Fol. 233: jug (smaller part)
  • Fol. 234: lid (smaller part)
  • Fol. 235: "blank"
  • Fol. 236: "blank"
  • Fol. 237: lid (larger part)
  • Fol. 238: jug (larger part)
  • Fol. 239: "blank"
  • Fol. 240: "blank"
  • Fol. 241: jug (smaller part)
  • Fol. 242: lid (smaller part)
  • Fol. 243: "blank"
  • Fol. 244: "blank"
  • Fol. 245: lid (larger part)
  • Fol. 246: jug (larger part)
  • Fol. 247: "blank"
  • Fol. 248: "blank"
  • Fol. 249: jug (smaller part)
  • Fol. 250: lid (smaller part)
  • Fol. 251: "blank"
  • Fol. 252: jug (smaller part)
  • Fol. 253: "blank"
  • Fol. 254: "blank"
  • Fol. 255: lid (smaller part)
  • Fol. 256: lid (larger part)
  • Fol. 257: "blank"

There is later foliation in pencil in the top outer corners (212-254).There is slightly earlier foliation in purple in the top outer corners (161-206).
There are six quires:
  • Quire X: fols. 212-219 (212+219, 213+218, 214+217, 215+216) (4 bifolia)
  • Quire XI: fols. 220-227 (220+227, 221+226, 222+225, 223+224) (4 bifolia)
  • Quire XII: fols. 228-235 (228+235, 229+234, 230+233, 231+232) (4 bifolia)
  • Quire XIII: fols. 236-243 (236+243, 237+242, 238+241, 239+240) (4 bifolia)
  • Quire XIV: fols. 244-252 (244+251, 245+250, 246+249, 246+247, 252) (4 bifolia, 1 singleton) Note: Fol. 252 was originally part of the outermost bifolium of the following quire.
  • Quire XV: fols. 253-257 (253, 254+257, 254+255) (1 singleton, 2 bifolia) Note: The original quire consisted of four bifolia, including fol. 252 from the previous quire and two more leaves in the end which are now missing.
There are quire signatures on fol. 212 (A:), fol. 220 (B:), fol. 228 (C:), fol. 236 (D:), fol. 244 (E:) and fol. 252 (F).There are catchwords on every page.
  • The leaves are rather dark and have been repaired extensively (mostly at the edges and close to the spine).
  • There are many stains, especially at the original quire boundaries.
  • The leaves are untrimmed.
The text is written in one column. 135 mm x 80 mm29-3010-12
Brynjólfur Jónsson Hybrida Sole
Info: Written by Brynjólfur Jónsson from Efstaland (Slay 1960: The manuscripts of Hrólfs saga kraka, 160-161).
  • Initial: The initials are larger than the main text (1-3 lines) and sometimes decorated by means of bold lines and additional strokes and loops.
  • Paratext: The rubrics and first lines of the texts are slightly larger than the rest of the text and are written in a more decorative manner.
  • Frieze: There are a few simple squiggles.
  • Paratext: Some catchwords are decorated with a small angled line to their left.
  • The verso-side of the fol. 257 is crossed out by means of two diagonal lines.
  • In the bottom margin of fol. 212r, there is a dry-point inscription reading
    "Ketell Biornson"
    .
There is no additional material.
The codicological unit was written in Efstaland in Iceland. According to the colophon, the codicological unit was written in 1660 (fol. 257r).
It is hitherto unknown when or how Árni Magnússon acquired the larger manuscript, of which this was a part.

Former Physical Context:
  • When Árni Magnússon acquired the codicological unit it was part of Ms16.


AM 109 a 8vo III CU7 (1660-1663, Iceland)
1. (258r:1-282v:15) Hjálmþérs saga og Ölvers Icelandic Sagann af Hialmpter og Oluer Þesse saga byriast af einum agiætum konge er Inge het lukum vier hier sogu Hialmþes Aulvis og Hryngs og Heruarar ed sette og samde sa sem og vel villde Note: Fol. 258 is in the hand of Árni Magnússon. Following the end of the text on fol. 282v, the first twelve lines of Partalópa saga are crossed out.
Codex
Paper
i, 25, i150 mm x 100 mm
The watermark cannot be identified due to the condition of the paper.

There is later foliation in purple (208-231), mostly in the lower margins.A different hand corrected the purple foliation to 258-282 by overwriting the last two digits using black ink.
There are four quires:
  • Quire I: fols. 258-262 (258, 259, 260, 261, 262) (5 singleton) Note: Fol. 258-261 were joined during later restoration. Originally, the leaves formed a larger quire together with the last leaves in AM 119 a 8vo CU3.
  • Quire II: fols. 263-270 (263+270, 264+269, 265+268, 266+267) (4 bifolia)
  • Quire III: fols. 271-278 (271+278, 272+277, 273+276, 274+275) (4 bifolia)
  • Quire IV: fols. 279-282 (279+282, 280+281) (2 bifolia) Note: The leaves have been joined during conservation, but may have formed an original shorter quire.
There are no quire signatures.There are catchwords on most verso-sides of the leaves, occasionally on the recto-side instead.
  • The leaves have darkened considerably.
  • There are many repairs, especially close to the spine.
  • The ink is fading at original quire boundaries, i.e. fols. 262v-263r, 270v-271r, 278v-279r and 282v.
The text is written in one column. 135 mm x 95 mm27-299-11
Ólafur Jónsson Hybrida Sole
  • Initial: The initials (1-3 lines) are neatly decorated by means of bold strokes, additional lines and flourishing, e.g. dots.
  • Paratext: The rubrics are slightly larger than the rest.
  • Paratext: Some catchwords are decorated with a curved line to the left and underneath the catchword.
  • Fol. 258 is a later addition by Árni Magnússon containing the beginning of the saga.

The current binding is a modern half binding with marbled brown paper on the boards from 1964. It was made by Birgitte Dall prior to the manuscript being sent to Iceland.
The codicological unit was written in northern Iceland. Kålund dates it to the seventeenth century (Kålund 1889-1894, 2: 396), whereas Lise Præstgaard Andersen specifies that it must have been written before 1663 (Lise Præstgaard Andersen 1983, xl-xliv).
It is hitherto unknown when or from whom Árni Magnússon acquired the codicological unit.

Former Physical Context:
  • When Árni Magnússon acquired the codicological unit it was part of Ms15.


Last update: 2015.
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