Árni Magnússon’s rearrangement of paper manuscripts

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AM 154 8vo
AM 154 8vo
Stofnun Árna Magnússonar í íslenskum fræðum, Reykjavík
This manuscript consists of 22 parts.
Codex
Paper
130

The manuscript is stored in a 4to-sized box, in which the smaller parts (in 8vo) are kept separately from the larger leaves (in 4to). The two groups form their own bundles with thin cardboard sheets as front and back cover and blue straps for keeping the parts together. Inside the bundles, each part is given its own jacket made of thin grey cardboard. The leaves are attached to the jackets, and a modern hand has written the shelfmark (including the part number in Roman numerals) onto the front cover of the jackets.
AM 154 8vo CU1 (1675-1725, Iceland)
1. (1r-6r) Snjás kvæði Icelandic, Latin Snjárs kvæði. Cantilena Sneari Note: With Latin translation. Fol. 6v is blank.
Codex
Paper
6202-213 mm x 158 mm
The watermark is a horn in a decorated frame. The details are:
  • Fol. 1: horn (bottom)
  • Fol. 2: "blank"
  • Fol. 3: "blank"
  • Fol. 4: horn (top)
  • Fol. 5: horn (bottom)
  • Fol. 6: horn (top)

There is later foliation in pencil in the top outer corners (1-6).
The leaves are all separate and attached to the jacket as singletons.
There are no quire signatures.There are catchwords on most pages.
  • The leaves are in 4to-format and used to be folded together, so that they fit into the 8vo-sized manuscript.
  • Older folding lines indicate that the leaves were folded into letter size at some point.
  • The edges are untrimmed and darker than the rest of the leaves.
  • The inner edges show remnants of old glue.
The text is written in one column. 180 mm x 140 mm28-305-8
Sveinn Jónsson Mixed Sole
  • Paratext: Some catchwords are decorated with squiggles.
  • A later hand has added the Roman numeral
    "I"
    in pencil to the top left-hand corner of fol. 1r.

An AM-slip (163 mm x 101 mm) is attached in front of the manuscript. Árni Magnússon has written on it:
"Snias-kvæde i Latinu og Islensku med hendi Sera Sveins ä Barde.
Er marrängt, og þar til illa utlagt.
Eg hefe feinged þad af Christiano Wormio1706."
The codicological unit was written in Iceland. Kålund dates it to ca. 1700 (Kålund 1889-1894, 2: 419).
Árni Magnússon received the codicological unit in 1706 from Christen Worm (see AM-slip).

Former Physical Context:
AM 154 8vo CU2 (1702-1712, Iceland)
(Contemporary)
Snækongs kvæde. Skrifad efter fyrirsogn óskirrar kerlingar er þad hade numed af módur sinne
1. (2r-8r) Snjás kvæði Icelandic Snækongs kvæde Note: Fol. 1r contains a title page Fols. 1v and 8v are blank.
Codex
Paper
8165 mm x 105 mm
The watermark is a coat of arms of Amsterdam. The countermark consists of letters. The details are:
  • Fol. 1: bottom
  • Fol. 2: bottom
  • Fol. 3: letters
  • Fol. 4: crown
  • Fol. 5: crown
  • Fol. 6: letters(?)
  • Fol. 7: bottom
  • Fol. 8: bottom

There is later foliation in blank ink in the top outer corners (1-8).
There is one quire:
  • Quire I: fols. 1-8 (1+8, 2+7, 3+6, 4+5) (4 bifolia)
There are no quire signatures.There are no catchwords.
  • The leaves show many stains, possibly from mold. Note: The same stains occur in AM 154 8vo CU19.
  • Most leaves have been repaired in the corners and at the edges.
  • The original edges are untrimmed.
  • There are holes from overcast stitches in the inner margins of the leaves. Note: The location of the holes is identical with the holes found in AM 154 8vo CU19.
The text is written in one column. 135-140 mm x 85 mm14-156-8
Þórður Þórðarson Kurrent Sole
  • Initial: The initials span 1-3 lines and are slightly emphasised.
  • Paratext: The rubrics are written in chancery script.
  • A later hand has added the Roman numeral
    "II"
    in pencil to the top left corner of the first page.
  • The same hand that added the foliation also numbered the stanzas.
There is no additional material.
The codicological unit was written for Árni Magnússon, presumably in Iceland. Kålund dates it to ca. 1700 (Kålund 1889-1894, 2: 419), but the period in which Þórður Þórðarson worked for him was 1702-1712.
Árni Magnússon is the first and only known owner.

Former Physical Context:
  • When Árni Magnússon acquired the codicological unit it was part of Ms104.


AM 154 8vo CU3 (1670, Iceland)
1. (1r-4v) Snjás kvæði Icelandic Eytt forn kuæde gamallt 23 Oct 1670
Codex
Paper
4162 mm x 100 mm
The watermark is a coat of arms of Amsterdam. Note: Possibly the same watermark as in AM 154 8vo CU2.
  • Fol. 1: bottom
  • Fol. 2: countermark
  • Fol. 3: countermark
  • Fol. 4: bottom

There is later foliation in black ink in the top outer corners (1-4).
There is one quire:
  • Quire I: fols. 1-4 (1+4, 2+3) (2 bifolia)
There are no quire signatures.There are catchwords on every page.
  • The leaves are rather dark, especially fols. 1r and 4v.
  • The edges are untrimmed, but not repaired.
  • Close to the spine, the leaves were repaired using Japanese paper.
The text is written in one column. 135 mm x 90 mm19-216-8
Unknown Kurrent Sole
  • Initial: The initials span 1-2 lines and are slightly decorated by means of additional lines.
  • Paratext: The first line of text is written in larger letters of chancery script.
  • Paratext: The catchwords, except for the first, are decorated with an angled line. On fol. locus 1r the catchword is decorated with a small zigzag line inside of a large bow.
  • Frieze: On fol. 4v there is a medium sized tailpiece in the same shape as the decoration on the catchwords of fol. 1r.
  • The same hand who has added the foliation has also numbered the stanzas.
  • On the lower part of fol. 4v, there are several pen trials and a large squiggle.
There is no additional material.
The codicological unit was written in Iceland. Kålund dates it to ca. 1700 (Kålund 1889-1894, 2: 419), but according to the colophon, it was written in 1670.
It is hitherto unknown when or how the codicological unit came into the possession of Árni Magnússon.

Former Physical Context:
AM 154 8vo CU4 (1675-1725, Iceland)
1. (1r-1v:5) Mannsöngur Icelandic Mannsaungur 2. (1v:6-5r) Snjás kvæði Icelandic Sniärs kvæde Note: The lower part of fol. 5r and all of fols. 5v-6v were originally blank.
Codex
Paper
6153 mm x 100 mm
The watermark is a jug with one handle and a decorated lid. The details are:
  • Fol. 1: "blank"
  • Fol. 2: lid
  • Fol. 3: jug
  • Fol. 4: jug (small part)
  • Fol. 5: "blank" [This leaf forms a bifolium with fol. 2, but the watermark is entirely on the other half.]
  • Fol. 6: "blank"

There is later foliation in black ink in the top outer corners (1-6).
There is one quire:
  • Quire I: fols. 1-6 (1+6, 2+5, 3+4) (3 bifolia)
There are no quire signatures.There are no catchwords.
  • The leaves are rather dark with different kinds of stains, partially from ink.
  • Fols. 1r and 6v are somewhat dirtier than the other pages.
  • There are holes from overcast stitches in the inner margins of the leaves.
  • The outside of the bifolium 1+6 shows remnants of old glue close to the spine. Note: The outside pages of the bifolium are not as dark as one may expect for being at the outside of a manuscript. It is therefore likely that this quire used to be part of a larger manuscript.
  • The leaves are untrimmed.
The text is written in one column. 140 mm x 90 mm25-266-8
Unknown Kurrent Sole
  • Frieze: There are two small tailpieces, one on fol. 2v (a longish horizontal line with two short parallel cross lines) and the other one on fol. 5v (resembling a "y" with two short strokes).
  • In the bottom margin of fol. 1r, Árni Magnússon has added the title:
    "Snias qvæde"
    in brown ink.
  • The same hand that has foliated the leaves also numbered the stanzas.
  • On fol. 6v, a different hand from the scribe has added in black ink:
    "Biorn Gyslason Skrifa"
    and below, yet another hand has written in brown ink:
    "fiortan og siu tiu hia þessa/ siu tiu hia Þorlaki"
    .
  • On most leaves, there are additions in light brown-greyish ink that smeared considerably. Note: The same hand probably made the additions to AM 154 8vo CU18.
There is no additional material.
The codicological unit was written in Iceland. Kålund dates it to ca. 1700 (Kålund 1889-1894, 2: 419).
It is hitherto unknown when or how the codicological unit came into the possession of Árni Magnússon. However, it is likely that the quire used to form part of a larger manuscript at some point (see condition).

Former Physical Context:
AM 154 8vo CU5 (1675-1725, Iceland)
1. (1r-3v) Vambarljóð Icelandic Vambar liöd
Codex
Paper
3194 mm x 156 mm
The watermark is a large standing lion in a crowned double circle. Inside the double line, there are flowers. The countermark consists of the letters "HH". The details are:
  • Fol. 1: bottom (lion)
  • Fol. 2: countermark?
  • Fol. 3: top (crown)

There is later foliation in pencil in the top right-hand corners (1-3).There is later foliation in black in the bottom left-hand corner of fols. 1r and 3r (1, 3).
There are three singletons.
There are no quire signatures.There are catchwords on every page but the first and the last.
  • The leaves are in 4to-format and show several folding lines, indicating that it used to be folded into letter size for some time.
  • The leaves have been trimmed in a crooked manner.
  • Especially fol. 1r shows many stains, but the other leaves are also darker around the egdes and have stains at the inner edge.
  • All leaves are separate, and the stains along the inner edge indicate that they may have been glued together with other material, e.g. strips for attaching them in a manuscript.
The text is written in one column. 180 mm x 150 mm32-3610-12
Unknown Kurrent Sole
  • Border: There are horizontal line fillers at the end of lines.
  • The same hand that has added the ink foliation also numbered the stanzas.
  • In the top left-hand corner of fol. 1r, a later hand has added the Roman numeral
    "V"
    in pencil.
  • In the lower, originally blank part of fol. 3v, Árni Magnússon has added
    "Vambar liod."
    in brown ink running down along the spine. Note: When the leaves are folded along the clearly visible horizontal folding line, this addition forms a title page.
There is no additional material.
The codicological unit was written in Iceland. Kålund dates it to ca. 1700 (Kålund 1889-1894, 2: 419).
It is hitherto unknown when or how the codicological unit came into the possession of Árni Magnússon.

Former Physical Context:
AM 154 8vo CU6 (1601-1700, Iceland/Denmark)
1. (2r-30v) Kötludraumur Icelandic Kỏtlu draumur Note: Only written on the verso-pages (except for fol. 2r, which contains the title).
Codex
Paper
33165 mm x 105 mm
The watermark is a coat of arms of Amsterdam, with the letters "JB(?)" underneath. The countermark consists of at least six letters ("MARCHAIX"). The details are:
  • Fol. 1: bottom
  • Fol. 2: letters
  • Fol. 3: bottom
  • Fol. 4: letters
  • Fol. 5: letters
  • Fol. 6: letters
  • Fol. 7: letters
  • Fol. 8: bottom
  • Fol. 9: letters
  • Fol. 10: letters
  • Fol. 11: top
  • Fol. 12: top
  • Fol. 13: letters
  • Fol. 14: letters
  • Fol. 15: top
  • Fol. 16: top
  • Fol. 17: letters
  • Fol. 18: letters
  • Fol. 19: letters
  • Fol. 20: top
  • Fol. 21: top
  • Fol. 22: top
  • Fol. 23: top
  • Fol. 24: letters
  • Fol. 25: letters
  • Fol. 26: letters
  • Fol. 27: letters
  • Fol. 28: bottom
  • Fol. 29: letters
  • Fol. 30: letters
  • Fol. 31: bottom
  • Fol. 32: letters
  • Fol. 33: letters

There is later foliation in black ink in the upper right-hand corners (1-30).
There are four quires:
  • Quire I: fols. 1-8 (1, 2, 3+8, 4+7, 5+6) (2 singletons, 3 bifolia) Note: Fol. 2 originally formed a bifolium with fol. 9 of the following quire. Fol. 1 was presumably not part of the intended text block.
  • Quire II: fols. 9-17 (9, 10+17, 11+16, 12+15, 13+14) (1 singleton, 4 bifolia)Note: Fol. 9 used to belong to the previous quire, where it formed the outermost bifolium together with fol. 2.
  • Quire III: fols. 18-25 (18+25, 19+24, 20+23, 21+22) (4 bifolia) Note: This is an original quire.
  • Quire IV: fols. 26-[33] (26+[33], 27+[32], 28+31, 29+30) (4 bifolia)
There are no quire signatures.There are catchwords on every verso-page.
  • The leaves are untrimmed.
  • There are only very few stains, so that the leaves appear to be rather clean.
  • Close to the spine, some of the leaves have been repaired and/or show stains of liquid.
  • There are holes from overcast stitches in the inner margins of the leaves.
  • The ink is bleeding through the paper.
The text is written in one column. 130 mm x 70 mm15-162-4
Árni Magnússon Kurrent Sole
There is no decoration.
  • On fol. 1r, Árni Magnússon has written:
    "Þesse Kỏtludraumur er ritadur epter pergaments blỏdum, sem inn voru bundin i bok þä i litlu 4to, er eg feck af Þorde Peturssyne ä Holmi, og ä eru mỏrg heilỏg qvædi. Skriftin ä Kỏtludrauminum er nyrre enn ä hinumþeim heilỏgu qvædunum, og illa skrifud."
  • There are a few corrections to the text by Árni Magnússon himself.
  • The same hand that has added the foliation has also numbered the stanzas.
  • A later hand has added the Roman numeral
    "VI"
    to the top left-hand corner of the first page.
  • A different hand has added a large
    "A"
    in dark brown ink to the top left-hand corner of fol. 1r. Note: The same hand has added "B" to the first page of AM 154 8vo CU7.
There is no additional material.
The codicological unit was written in Iceland or Denmark. Kålund dates it to ca. 1700 (Kålund 1889-1894, 2: 419).
Árni Magnússon presumably wrote this codicological unit for his own purposes.

Former Physical Context:
AM 154 8vo CU7 (1675-1725, Iceland)
1. (1r-4r) Kötludraumur Icelandic Vitran eda Draumur sem Køtlu dreimde Note: Fol. 4v is blank.
Codex
Paper
4160 mm x 104 mm
There are remnants of a countermark consisting og at least six letters ("NI...A..DI"?). The details are:
  • Fol. 1: letters (longer part)
  • Fol. 2: letters (longer part)
  • Fol. 3: letters (shorter part)
  • Fol. 4: letters (shorter part)

There is later foliation in black ink in the top right-hand corners (1-4).
There is one quire:
  • Quire I: fols. 1-4 (1+4, 2+3) (2 bifolia)
There are no quire signatures.There are catchwords on every page except for the last two.
  • The leaves are rather clean, only showing a few stains.
  • The edges are untrimmed and somewhat darker.
  • Fol. 4v is somewhat dirtier than the other leaves, and there are stains from liquid close to the spine.
  • On the outside of the bifolium 1+4, there are remnants of old glue, indicating that the quire used to form part of a larger manuscript at some point.
The text is written in one column. 120-130 mm x 85-90 mm25-278-10
Unknown Chancery Sole
  • Initial: The first initial spans 2 lines.
  • Paratext: The catchwords are written in kurrent script and decorated with an angled or round line.
  • Paratext: The end of the text is written in the shape of half a diamond.
  • A later hand has added the Roman numeral
    "VII"
    to the top left-hand corner of fol. 1r.
  • A different hand has added a large
    "B"
    in dark brown ink in the top left-hand corner of fol. 1r. Note: The same hand has added "A" to the first page in AM 154 8vo CU6.
  • The same hand that has added the foliation also numbered the stanzas.
There is no additional material.
The codicological unit was written in Iceland. Kålund dates it to ca. 1700 (Kålund 1889-1894, 2: 419).
It is hitherto unknown when or how the codicological unit came into the possession of Árni Magnússon.

Former Physical Context:
AM 154 8vo CU8 (1601-1700, Iceland/Denmark)
1. (1r-4r) Kötludraumur Icelandic Køtludraumur Note: The lower part of fol. 4r and all of fol. 4v were originally blank.
Codex
Paper
4165 mm x 105 mm
The watermark is a coat of arms of Amsterdam with presumably two letters underneath. Due to the condition of the paper, the watermark is difficult to see. The details are:
  • Fol. 1: bottom
  • Fol. 2: top?
  • Fol. 3: top?
  • Fol. 4: bottom

There is later foliation in black ink in the top outer corners (1-4).
There is one quire:
  • Quire I: fols. 1-4 (1+4, 2+3) (2 bifolia)
There are no quire signatures.There are no catchwords.
  • The egdes are untrimmed and slightly darker than the rest of the leaves.
  • The leaves in general do not show many stains, but appear rather brown.
  • Fol. 4v is dirtier than the rest of the pages, showing a vertical folding line, ink stains and remnants of old glue at the spine. Note: At some point, all leaves were folded vertically. The current last page was then the outermost leaf.
  • All leaves show stains from liquid close to the spine.
  • The ink is bleeding through the paper.
  • In the centre of fol. 4v, there are three dark brown stains. Note: Matching stains are found on the first page of AM 154 8vo CU9.
The text is written in one column. 150 mm x 95-100 mm26-288-11Note: In front of each rhymed line, there is some space left blank.
Unknown Chancery Sole
  • Paratext: The rubric is written in larger letters.
  • Border: There is a horizontal line as a line filler at the end of the text.
  • On fol. 4v, a verse about the poem was added:
    "Kỏtludraumur / Kostanaumur / kynleft fræde. / Uppdicktadur / Aflagadur / önytt qvæde."
  • The same hand that has added the letters
    "A"
    and
    "B"
    in the two previous parts has added
    "C"
    to fol. 1r of this part.
  • In the top left-hand corner of fol. 1r, a later hand has added
    "VIII"
    in pencil.
  • The same hand that has added the foliation has also numbered the stanzas.
  • There are a few corrections to the text in darker ink.
There is no additional material.
The codicological unit was written in Iceland or Denmark. Kålund dates it to ca. 1700 (Kålund 1889-1894, 2: 419).
It is hitherto unknown when or how the codicological unit came into the possession of Árni Magnússon.

Former Physical Context:
AM 154 8vo CU9 (1675-1725, Iceland)
1. (1r-5v) Kötludraumur Icelandic Hier skrifast nockur Erende Aff Kottlu Draum
Codex
Paper
5163 mm x 103 mm
There are no watermarks visible.

There is later foliation in black ink in the top outer corners (1-5).
Today, there are three singletons and one bifolium (1, 2, 3, 4+5). The leaves 4+5 have been joined during restoration, but may have been an original bifolium. Note: It is possible that the bifolium 4+5 used to be at the centre of a quire with 4 bifolia. The condition of fol. 1r also speaks in favor or that.
There are no quire signatures.There are catchwords on every page except for the last one.
  • The leaves have darkened and are rather dirty with many stains.
  • Especially fol. 1 has been repaired extensively at the edges. All leaves show repairs at the spine.
  • All leaves show darker stains that could be remnants of old glue at the inner edge.
  • The leaves ar untrimmed and the lower outer corners appear to be round.
  • In the centre of fol. 1r, there are three dark brown stains. Note: Matching stains are found on the least page of AM 154 8vo CU8.
The text is written in one column. 140 mm x 85 mm20-225-8
Unknown Kurrent Sole
  • Initial: The initials are slightly enlarged.
  • In the originally blank lower part of fol. 5v, a later hand has added a verse.
  • At the end of the text, a later hand has added in light brown ink
    "hier vantar eitt erendi"
    .
  • At the bottom of fol. 5v, the name
    "Olafur Skula Son"
    can be read.
  • The same hand that has added the letters
    "A"
    ,
    "B"
    and
    "C"
    in the previous parts has added
    "D"
    to fol. 1r of this part.
  • A later hand has added the Roman numeral
    "IX"
    to the upper left-hand corner of the first page.
  • A different hand from the main scribe has added verse numbers in thick brown ink on fol. 1r-3r. From fol. 3v on, the same hand that has foliated the leaves has added the numbering.
There is no additional material.
The codicological unit was written in Iceland. Kålund dates it to ca. 1700 (Kålund 1889-1894, 2: 419).
It is hitherto unknown when or how the codicological unit came into the possession of Árni Magnússon.

Former Physical Context:
AM 154 8vo CU10 (1675-1725, Iceland)
1. (1r-8v) Kötludraumur Icelandic Hier Biriast Køtlu Draumur. Ender.
Codex
Paper
8166 mm x 97-105 mm
The watermark is a large coat of arms of Amsterdam. The countermark consists of several framed letters. The details are:
  • Fol. 1: countermark
  • Fol. 2: crown?
  • Fol. 3: bottom
  • Fol. 4: countermark
  • Fol. 5: countermark
  • Fol. 6: bottom
  • Fol. 7: crown?
  • Fol. 8: countermark

There is later foliation in black ink in the upper right-hand corners (1-8).
There is one quire:
  • Quire I: fols. 1-8 (1, 2+7, 3+6, 4+5, 8) (3 bifolia, 2 singletons)
There are no quire signatures.There are catchwords on most pages.
  • The leaves are rather light, but still quiet dirty.
  • There are many stains, especially on fols. 1r and 8v.
  • The outermost leaves are also the most damaged and have been repaired extensively.
  • There are two folding lines visible, indicating that the leaves used to be folded, presumably with fol. 8 on the outside.
  • There is damage from moist in the lower part of the leaves, corresponding to the part of fol. 8 that was repaired.
  • The ink is bleeding through the paper.
  • The leaves are untrimmed.
The text is written in one column. 125 mm x 85 mm22-246-8
Unknown Kurrent Sole
  • Initial: The main initial spans 3 lines and is elaborately decorated with additional strokes, hairlines and other squiggles.
  • Paratext: The rubrics and the final rubric are written in large, bold chancery fractura script and equipped with additional decoration in the form of squiggles and flourishes.
  • Paratext: The first line of each stanza is written in chancery script.
  • On fol. 1r, a later hand has added the Roman numeral
    "X."
    to the top left-hand corner.
  • In the top right-hand corner, the letter
    "E"
    was added by the same scribe who marked the previous parts.
  • The same hand that has added the foliation numbered the stanzas.
  • In the bottom margin of fol. 8v, there are remnants of two lines of text in brown ink, which have been crossed out, possibly using the same ink.
  • In the outer margin of 8v, there are some more parts of marginalia visible, but due to the damage, they cannot be read.
There is no additional material.
The codicological unit was written in Iceland. Kålund dates it to ca. 1700 (Kålund 1889-1894, 2: 419-420).
It is hitherto unknown when or how the codicological unit came into the possession of Árni Magnússon.

Former Physical Context:
AM 154 8vo CU11 (1675-1725, Iceland)
1. (1r-9r) Kötludraumur Icelandic Kautlu Draumur Note: The lower part of fol. 9r and all of fol. 9v are blank.
Codex
Paper
9153-164 mm x 96-103 mmNote: Fols. 5-9 are smaller than the leaves in front.
There is no watermark visible.

There is later foliation in black ink in the upper right-hand corners (1-9).
There are two quires:
  • Quire I: fols. 1-5 (1, 2, 3, 4, 5) (5 singeltons)
  • Quire II: fols. 6-9 (6+9, 7+8) (2 bifolia)
There are no quire signatures.There are catchwords on most pages.
  • Fol. 1 is a later addition and less dirty than the other leaves.
  • The original leaves have darkened and show some stains.
  • The edges are untrimmed.
  • All singletons are stained at the inner edge with what could be remnants of old glue. The outside of the bifolium 6+9 shows some similar stains.
The text is written in one column. 125-140 mm x 80-90 mm17-206-8
Unknown Kurrent Sole
  • Paratext: Most catchwords are decorated with elaborate squiggles.
  • Fol. 1 is a later addition. The beginning of the text was copied on its recto-side, while Árni Magnússon has added
    "i efne verda munde"
    , the first line of fol. 2r, onto fol. 1v.
  • In the upper right-hand corner of fol. 1r, the letter
    "F"
    was added by the same hand that also marked the previous parts.
  • In the upper left-hand corner of fol. 1r, the Roman numeral
    "XI"
    was added in pencil.
  • The same hand that has added the foliation has also numbered the stanzas.
There is no additional material.
The codicological unit was written in Iceland. Kålund dates it to ca. 1700 (Kålund 1889-1894, 2: 419-420).
It is hitherto unknown when or how the codicological unit came into the possession of Árni Magnússon.

Former Physical Context:
AM 154 8vo CU12 (1675-1725, Iceland)
1. (1r-1v) Þornaldarþula Icelandic [no rubric]
Codex
Paper
1210 mm x 162 mm
There is part of an unidentifiable watermark.

There is later foliation in black ink in the top left-hand corner of the verso-page (1).
There is one leaf.
There are no quire signatures.There are no catchwords.
  • The leaf is in 4to-format and used to be folded together.
  • There are many folding lines visible, indicating that the leaf was folded into eighths once.
  • Along the folding lines and on the parts that used to be on the outside of the folded leaf, the verso-side is rather dirty.
  • The leaf is untrimmed and there are a few stains.
  • The leaf has been repaired and some of the text at the inner edge on the verso-side is damaged.
The text is written in one column. 200 mm x 140 mm3111-8
Unknown Kurrent Sole
There is no decoration.
  • A later hand made many additions and corrections to the text in brown ink.
  • The same hand has written the title
    "Þörnalldar þula."
    in brown ink underneath the end of the text on fol. 1v.
  • A modern hand has added the Roman numeral
    "XII"
    in pencil to the top left-hand corner of fol. 1r.
There is no additional material.
The codicological unit was written in Iceland. Kålund dates it to ca. 1700 (Kålund 1889-1894, 2: 419-420).
Kålund suggests that Árni Magnússon may have borrowed this codicological unit as part of a booklet from bishop Björn Þorleifsson in a larger volume associated with Halldór Þorbergsson. This, however, cannot be proven.

Former Physical Context:
AM 154 8vo CU13 (1675-1725, Iceland)
1. (1r-1v) Þornaldarþula Icelandic Hier skrifast Þornalldurs þula edur þornadar
Codex
Paper
1210 mm x 161 mm
There is no watermark visible.

There is no foliation or pagination.
There is one leaf.
There are no quire signatures.There are no catchwords.
  • The leaf is in 4to-format and used to be folded together. According to the folding lines it was folded into eighths for some time.
  • A stain on the verso-side of the leaf indicates that this part used to be on the outside when it was folded.
  • Later, the leaf seems to have been kept in 8vo-format, being folded only horizontally. The top half of the current recto-page was then the first leaf of the bifolium.
  • The edges are untrimmed and rather dirty.
  • The fore-edge shows remnants of old glue, indicating that the leaf was once glued into a binding in reverse.
The text is written in one column. 170 mm x 130 mm257-10
Unknown Kurrent Sole
  • Initial: The first initial is decorated with additional lines and bows. It spans a little more than 1 line.
  • Paratext: The rubric and first line of the text are written in chancery script.
  • Border: Stanzas and lines are indicated with additional strokes.
  • Árni Magnússon has added
    "Þornalldar þula 2. Exemplar"
    in the inner margin of fol. 1r, running upwards. Thus, it could be read as the title when the leaf was folded in half as indicated by the folding line (see condition).
  • A modern hand has added the Roman numeral
    "XIII."
    in pencil to the top left-hand corner of fol. 1r.
  • In the bottom left-hand corner of fol. 1r, a later hand has added
    "2."
    in black ink.
There is no additional material.
The codicological unit was written in Iceland. Kålund dates it to ca. 1700 (Kålund 1889-1894, 2: 419-420).
Kålund suggests that Árni Magnússon may have borrowed this codicological unit as part of a booklet from bishop Björn Þorleifsson in a larger volume associated with Halldór Þorbergsson. This, however, cannot be proven.

Former Physical Context:
  • In 1730 this codicological unit was not registered.


AM 154 8vo CU14 (1675-1725, Iceland)
1. (1r-2v) Þornaldarþula Icelandic Þornalldar þula Note: Fols. [3] and [4] are blank.
Codex
Paper
4156 mm x 98 mm
The watermark is a post horn. There is no countermark visible. The details are:
  • Fol. 1: "blank"
  • Fol. 2: horn
  • Fol. [3]: horn
  • Fol. [4]: "blank"
The AM-slip does not show any watermark.

There is later foliation in black ink in the top right-hand corners (1-2).
There is one quire:
  • Quire I: fols. 1-4 (1+4, 2+3) (2 bifolia)
There are no quire signatures.There are catchwords on every page except for the last one.
  • The leaves are untrimmed and somewhat dirty.
  • Fols. 1r and [4v] are especially dirty.
  • In the bottom margin of fols. 1-2, there is a stain from liquid, and close to the spine, there are stains from older glue.
The text is written in one column. 130 mm x 75 mm19-206-10
Unknown Kurrent Sole
  • Initial: The first initial is decorated with additional squiggles. It spans the equivalent of 2 lines of text.
  • Paratext: The rubric is written in larger and more decorative chancery script.
  • A modern hand has added the Roman numeral
    "XIV"
    in pencil to the top left-hand corner of fol. 1r.

A bifolium (164 mm x 100 mm) is located in the back of the codicological unit. On the current recto-side of the first leaf, Árni Magnússon has written:
"Fra Hole i Hỏrdadal / Magnuse Jonssyne."
, but this text was crossed out using similar black ink to the writing. At the bottom of the current verso-side of the first leaf, he has written in slightly lighter ink:
"Ur qvere Halldors Þorbergssonar mier liedufeingnu af Mag. Birni."
. This text is now facing upside-down, meaning that it would be on top of the recto-side, when the bifolium was bent the other way around.
The codicological unit was written in Iceland. Kålund dates it to ca. 1700 (Kålund 1889-1894, 2: 419-420).
If the information on the bifolium that is kept with the manuscript concern this codicological unit Árni Magnússon first borrowed the codicological unit as part of a booklet from bishop Björn Þorleifsson, who died in 1710. Ultimately, Árni associates the larger volume with Halldór Þorbergsson.

Former Physical Context:
  • When Árni Magnússon acquired the codicological unit it was part of Ms96.


AM 154 8vo CU15 (1675-1725, Iceland)
1. (1r-8r) Gísla ríma Icelandic Gijsla rijma Note: Most of fol. 8r except for the first line and all of fol. 8v were originally blank.
Codex
Paper
8163 mm x 103 mm
The watermark is a coat of arms of Amsterdam. There is no countermark visible. The details are:
  • Fol. 1: "blank"
  • Fol. 2: bottom (smaller part)
  • Fol. 3: top (smaller part)
  • Fol. 4: "blank"
  • Fol. 5: "blank"
  • Fol. 6: top (larger part)
  • Fol. 7: bottom (larger part)
  • Fol. 8: "blank"

There is later foliation in black ink in the top right-hand corners (1-8).
There is one quire:
  • Quire I: fols. 1-8 (1+8, 2+7, 3+6, 4+5) (4 bifolia)
On fol. 1r, part of a squiggle is visible in the bottom margin, which could potentially be a quire signature.There are catchwords on most pages.
  • The leaves have darkened considerably.
  • There are many stains, especially on fols. 1r and 8v.
  • The fore-edge of many leaves has been repaired.
  • The original edges are untrimmed and dirty.
  • Some leaves have been repaired close to the spine.
  • On the outside of the outer bifolium (at the spine), remnants of old glue are visible. Moreover, the paper is damaged in that area, possibly from strips having been glued onto the leaves.
The text is written in one column. 130 mm x 85 mm26-285-7
Unknown Kurrent Sole
  • Initial: The first initial is written larger than the text (ca. 2 lines).
  • Paratext: The catchword on fol. 1r is decorated with a curved line.
  • At the end of the text, two verses were added by different hands. The second one thanks for the lending of the manuscript.
  • There are many pen trials by an inexperienced scribe on fols. 8r-v and in the lower margins of fols. 6v-7v.
  • A later hand, but not the foliator, has added verse numbers in the outer margins of fols. 1r-2v.
  • On fol. 2r, some text is underlined using a reddish-brown crayon.
  • A modern hand has added the Roman numeral
    "XV"
    in pencil to the top left-hand corner of fol. 1r.
  • A different hand has added
    "AM 154. 8vo."
    in black ink to the top margin of the first leaf.
There is no additional material.
The codicological unit was presumably written in Iceland. Kålund dates it to ca. 1700 (Kålund 1889-1894, 2: 419-420).
It is hitherto unknown when or how the codicological unit came into the possession of Árni Magnússon.

Former Physical Context:
AM 154 8vo CU16 (1675-1725, Iceland)
1. (1r-6v) Bryngerðarljóð Icelandic Bringerdar Liod
Codex
Paper
6150 mm x 106 mm
The watermark is a Maid of Dort, possibly with "propatria". The countermark consists of letters. The details are:
  • Fol. 1: countermark
  • Fol. 2: top (larger part)
  • Fol. 3: bottom (larger part)
  • Fol. 4: bottom (smaller part)
  • Fol. 5: top (smaller part)
  • Fol. 6: countermark

There is later foliation in black ink in the top right-hand corners (1-6).
There is one quire:
  • Quire I: fols. 1-6 (1+6, 2+5, 3+4) (3 bifolia)
There are no quire signatures.There are catchwords on most pages.
  • The leaves are relatively light, but show various stains.
  • The edges are untrimmed and especially the fore-edge is darker.
  • There are holes from overcast stitches in the inner margins of all leaves.
  • Close to the spine, the leaves are stained from a fluid that seemingly came through the older stitching holes.
  • The outermost bifolium of the quire shows remnants of old glue at the outside close to the spine.
  • Some leaves have been repaired at the spine using Japanese paper.
The text is written in one column. 140 mm x 85 mm20-215-8Note: The verses are numbered in the left margins.
Unknown Kurrent Sole
  • Initial: The first initial is written somewhat bolder and larger (1.5 lines).
  • Paratext: The rubric is written larger then the rest of the text.
  • Frieze: There are small tailpieces after the rubric and at the end of the text.
  • Many words were underlined using a pencil.
  • A modern hand has added the Roman numeral
    "XVI."
    to the top left-hand corner of fol. 1r.
  • At the end of the text on fol. 6v, a later hand has added in black ink:
    "66er."
    .
There is no additional material.
The codicological unit was presumably written in Iceland. Kålund dates it to ca. 1700 (Kålund 1889-1894, 2: 419-420).
It is hitherto unknown when or how the codicological unit came into the possession of Árni Magnússon.

Former Physical Context:
AM 154 8vo CU17 (1675-1725, Iceland)
1. (1r-2v) Ljúflingsljóð Icelandic Liuflings Dicktur edur liuflindra Dillu kvæde Ender Liuflingsiods Note: Fols. [3] and [4] are blank.
Codex
Paper
4164 mm x 105 mm
The watermark is a coat of arms of Amsterdam. The details are:
  • Fol. 1: top (smaller part)
  • Fol. 2: bottom (larger part)
  • Fol. [3]: bottom (smaller part)
  • Fol. [4]: top (larger part)

There is later foliation in black ink in the top right-hand corners (1-2).
There is one quire:
  • Quire I: fols. 1-[4] (1+[4], 2+[3]) (2 bifolia)
There are no quire signatures.There are no catchwords.
  • The leaves are relatively clean, but show stains close to the spine.
  • The edges are somewhat dirty.
  • There are holes from overcast stitches in the inner margins of all leaves.
  • Close to the spine, the leaves are stained from a fluid that seemingly came through the older stitching holes.
  • The outermost bifolium of the quire shows remnants of old glue at the outside close to the spine.
  • The outermost bifolium has been repaired at the spine using Japanese paper.
The text is written in one column. 120 mm x 80 mm18-206-7Note: Space is left blank in front of every rhymed line.
Unknown Kurrent Sole
  • Paratext: The rubric and final rubric are written larger than the main text and are emphasised my means of chancery script.
There are no later additions.
There is no additional material.
The codicological unit was presumably written in Iceland. Kålund dates it to ca. 1700 (Kålund 1889-1894, 2: 419-420).
It is hitherto unknown when or how the codicological unit came into the possession of Árni Magnússon.

Former Physical Context:
AM 154 8vo CU18 (1675-1725, Iceland)
1. (1r-4r) Kringilnefjukvæði Icelandic Kryngil nefiu kuædi Note: Most of fol. 4r and all of fol. 4v were presumably blank in the beginning.
Codex
Paper
4163 mm x 103 mm
The watermark is a small foolscap. Note: It is only partially visible.
  • Fol. 1: "blank"
  • Fol. 2: top (smaller part)
  • Fol. 3: bottom (smaller part)
  • Fol. 4: "blank"

There is later foliation in black ink in the top right-hand corners (1-4).
There are four singletons (1, 2, 3, 4).
There are no quire signatures.There are catchwords on every page with text except for fol. 3v and 4r.
  • The leaves have darkened and are very dirty.
  • The edges are untrimmed and dark with many stains.
  • The leaves are especially dirty and stained in the inner margins and at that edge. There are remnants of old glue and parts of the text may have been covered before by strips of glued-on paper.
  • The leaves show two older folding lines, forming a cross somewhat off centre. In contrast to the folding lines found on the other leaves, the lines on fol. 4 indicating that this leaf was turn upside-down, when the leaves were folded, meaning that is must have been loose when it was folded.
  • There are holes from overcast stitches in the inner margins of all leaves.
The text is written in one column. 135-15 mm x 85-90 mm21-364-8
Unknown Kurrent Minor
Info: Scribe 1 wrote fols. 1r:1-1v:17.
Unknown Kurrent Major
Info: Scribe 2 wrote fols. 1v:18-3r:22.
Unknown Kurrent Minor
Info: Scribe 3 wrote fols. 3r:23-4r:4.
  • Frieze: Scribe 1 and 2 drew small tailpieces at the end of stanzas.
  • A hand different from the three scribes has added a few lines with aphorisms on top of fol. 4v.
  • Yet another hand has made additions to the margins of 1r, 4r and in several places on fol. 4v using light brown-greyish ink, which has smeared considerably. One word on the last page possibly reads
    "Þorsteirn"
    . Note: The same hand probably made additions to AM 154 8vo CU4.
  • A modern hand has added the Roman numeral
    "XVIII."
    in pencil to the upper left-hand corner of fol. 1r.
  • The same hand that has added the foliation has also numbered the stanzas.
There is no additional material.
The codicological unit was presumably written in Iceland. Kålund dates it to ca. 1700 (Kålund 1889-1894, 2: 419-420).
It is hitherto unknown when or how the codicological unit came into the possession of Árni Magnússon.

Former Physical Context:
AM 154 8vo CU19 (1675-1725, Iceland)
1. (1r-6r) Kringilnefjukvæði Icelandic Kringilnefiu kvæde Note: Fol. 6v was originally blank.
Codex
Paper
6175 mm x 105 mm
The watermark is a coat of arms of Amsterdam. The countermark consists of several letters, possibly "[..]AR". The details are:
  • Fol. 1: bottom (larger part)
  • Fol. 2: countermark (smaller part)
  • Fol. 2: countermark (larger part)
  • Fol. 2: countermark (larger part)
  • Fol. 2: countermark (smaller part)
  • Fol. 1: bottom (smaller part)

There is later foliation in black ink in the top right-hand corners (1-6).
There is one quire:
  • Quire I: fols. 1-6 (1+6, 2+5, 3+4) (3 bifolia)
There are no quire signatures.There are no catchwords.
  • The leaves have darkened slightly and show stains, some of them possibly from mold. Note: The same stains occur in AM 154 8vo CU2.
  • The leaves are untrimmed and the edges are dirtier than the rest of the leaves.
  • There are holes from overcast stitches in the inner margins of the leaves. Note: The location of the holes is identical with the holes found in AM 154 8vo CU2.
The text is written in one column. 110 mm x 80 mm14-154-7Note: There is dry ruling in the outer margins.
Unknown Kurrent Sole
  • Frieze: There is a small tailpiece at the end of the text (resembling two forward slashes and a colon).
  • On fol. 6v,
    "Rettader mikid"
    was added in brown ink.
  • A later hand has numbered the stanzas using black ink.
  • On top of fol. 1r, a later hand has added in black ink:
    "Án efa úr AMAgn. 154.8vo"
    .
  • A modern hand has added the Roman numeral
    "XIX"
    to the top left-hand corner of fol. 1r correcting himself a few times. Underneath, the same hand has written
    "3"
    .
There is no additional material.
The codicological unit was presumably written in Iceland. Kålund dates it to ca. 1700 (Kålund 1889-1894, 2: 419-420). Since the codicological features indicate that this quire used to be in the same manuscript with AM 154 8vo CU2 which Árni Magnússon commissioned, the present leaves may have the same origin.
Árni Magnússon is the only known owner of this codicological unit.

Former Physical Context:
  • When Árni Magnússon acquired the codicological unit it was part of Ms104.


AM 154 8vo CU20 (1675-1725, Iceland)
1. (1r-2v) Hyndluljóð hin nýju (defective) Icelandic Begins: Mær Þiödkonungs epter möðurdauda Ends: til sumar mäla; þöttust þeir alldri, Note: Fragment. Beginning and end defective.
Codex
Paper
2162 mm x 100 mm
There are remnants of a countermark (at least two letters) visible.

There is later foliation in black ink in the top right-hand corners (1-2).There is later foliation in pencil in the top left-hand corner (1-2), the latter being corrected from [1].
There are two singletons, which have been joined to a bifolium:
  • Quire I: fols. 1-2 (1+2) (1 bifolium) Note: The leaves did not originally form a bifolium, but rather parts of two consecutive bifolia in a larger quire.
There are no quire signatures.There are no catchwords.
  • The leaves have darkened and show many stains, some of them possibly from mold. Note: The same stains occur in AM 154 8vo CU2 and CU19.
  • The leaves are untrimmed and the edges are dirtier than the rest of the leaves.
  • There are holes from overcast stitches in the inner margins of the leaves. Note: The location of the holes is identical with the holes found in AM 154 8vo CU2 and CU19.
  • The edges, mostly the fore-edge and the corners have been repaired widely using Japanese paper.
  • The two leaves have been joined during restoration.
The text is written in one column. 120-130 mm x 70 mm15-162-4Note: The beginning of each stanzas is pronounced by the first word starting a little further left than the rest of the text.
Unknown Kurrent Sole
There is no decoration.
  • On fol. 1r, a contemporary hand has added
    "hilmers"
    in the margin next two line 4.
  • Some words and passages are underlined using pencil.
  • In the outer margin of fol. 1r, a later hand has written in black ink:
    "Úr Hyndluljóðum?"
  • A modern hand has added the Roman numeral
    "XX"
    to the upper left-hand corner of the first leaf, correcting itself from
    "XXI(?)"
    . The same hand has added foliation to the top left-hand corner.
There is no additional material.
The codicological unit was presumably written in Iceland. Kålund dates it to ca. 1700 (Kålund 1889-1894, 2: 419-420). Since the codicological features indicate that this quire used to be in the same manuscript with AM 154 8vo CU2, which Árni Magnússon commissioned, the present leaves may have the same origin.
Árni Magnússon is the only known owner of this codicological unit.

Former Physical Context:
  • When Árni Magnússon acquired the codicological unit it was part of Ms104.


AM 154 8vo CU21 (1675-1725, Iceland)
1. (1r-3v) Margrétarvísur Icelandic Margrietar vysur Note: Fol. 2v is blank. The end is summarised in prose.
Codex
Paper
3160 mm x 101 mm
The watermark is a coat of arms of Amsterdam. Note: The watermark occurs in the lower inner corner of the leaves.The details are:
  • Fol. 1: bottom (smaller part)
  • Fol. 2: top (smaller part)
  • Fol. 3: bottom (smaller part)

There is later foliation in black ink in the top right-hand corners (1-3).
There are three singletons (1, 2, 3).
There are no quire signatures.There are no catchwords.
  • Except for the inner and outer margins, the leaves are relatively clean with only a few stains.
  • The ink is partially bleeding through the paper.
  • The fore-edge of all three leaves has a tear, which was repaired.
  • The inner margins are discoloured and show traces of strips, e.g. paper, having been glued on to them.
  • There are holes from overcast stitches in the inner margins of the leaves.
The text is written in one column. 140 mm x 90 mm24-305-8
Unknown Kurrent Sole
  • Frieze: There are small line fillers at the end of stanzas.
  • A later hand has numbered the stanzas using black ink.
  • A modern hand has added the Roman numeral
    "XXI."
    to the upper left-hand corner of fol. 1r.
There is no additional material.
The codicological unit was presumably written in Iceland. Kålund dates it to ca. 1700 (Kålund 1889-1894, 2: 419-420).
It is hitherto unknown when or how the codicological unit came into the possession of Árni Magnússon.

Former Physical Context:
AM 154 8vo CU22 (1675-1725, Iceland/Denmark)
1. (1v:1-1v:3) Spotting verse Árni Böðvarsson Icelandic Note: Fol. 1r is blank.
Codex
Paper
1163 mm x 100 mm
The watermark is a coat of arms of Amsterdam, of which only the top part, the crown is visible. The watermark is found in the lower half of the leaf facing the inner edge. Thus, the leaf must have been taken from a 4to-sized manuscript.

There is one singleton.
There are no quire signatures.There are no catchwords.
  • The recto-side of the leaf is very dirty showing multiple folding lines.
  • The verso-side of the leaf is slightly cleaner, but is stained around the edges.
  • The fore-edge of the leaf has been repaired.
  • Close to the spine of the recto-side, layers of the paper are torn off, indicating that there used to be something glued on, possibly a thin paper strip.
The text is written in one column. 17 mm x 95 mm36-7
Unknown Kurrent Sole
There is no decoration.
There are no later additions.
There is no additional material.
The codicological unit was presumably written in Iceland or Denmark. Kålund dates it to ca. 1700 (Kålund 1889-1894, 2: 419-420).
It is hitherto unknown when or how the codicological unit came into the possession of Árni Magnússon.

Former Physical Context:
  • In 1730 this codicological unit was not registered.


Last update: 2016.
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Københavns Universitet
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