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The Manuscripts of Jómsvíkinga Saga: A Survey
Háskóli Íslands.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of Scandinavian Languages.
2014 (English)In: Scripta Islandica: Isländska Sällskapets Årsbok, ISSN 0582-3234, Vol. 65, 9-29 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This a survey of all the preserved manuscripts of Jómsvíkinga saga, serving as a background to the articles of the volume. The saga is preserved in four pre-Refor­mation vellum manuscripts, one sixteenth-century Latin translation by Arngrímur Jóns­son the Learned, and in about twenty paper manuscripts. None of the vellum manu­scripts contains exactly the same text, and the Latin translation does not derive directly from the text found in any of the preserved manuscripts. Moreover, accounts of the Jómsvíkings can be found in the kings’ sagas Fagrskinna, Heims­kringla, and the so-called Greatest saga of Óláfr Tryggvason. The text tradition is therefore very complex. No copies exist of the oldest manuscript, AM 291 4to, and only a few of the paper manuscripts were copied in Iceland. As far as scholarly discussion on the manuscripts is concerned, the article deals with researchers’ ideas about the text tradition and preservation. No agreement has been established on the origins of the saga and the article reflects these different opinions.

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2014. Vol. 65, 9-29 p.
Keyword [en]
Jómsvíkinga saga, manuscript studies
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Specific Languages
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Scandinavian Languages
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-241335OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-241335DiVA: diva2:778534
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