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The Copenhagen sagas [electronic resource] /

by Schlitz, Stephanie A.

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The Copenhagen Sagas is a diplomatic edition of two Icelandic saga manuscripts, Additamenta 6, folio, Hafgeirs saga Flateyings, and Additamenta 376, quarto, Pjo?sto?lfs saga hamramma. Porla?kur Magnu?sson I?sfiord, the scribe responsible for Hafgeirs saga, claimed a twelfth-century origin for the manuscript, while Po?rleifur Arason Adaldahl, the scribe responsible for Pjo?sto?lfs saga, failed to provide source information for the text. After a review of the motif sequences found in each saga, Peter Jorgensen argued that the sagas were forgeries, composed during the late eighteenth century and modeled on the well-known mythical-heroic works Ha?lfdanar saga Bro?nufo?stra and Grettis saga A?smundarsonar, respectively. Based largely on this evidence, Jorgensen claimed that sfiord and Adaldahl, Icelandic students who were studying and working as copyists in Copenhagen, Denmark at the time, composed and sold the sagas as copies of authentic medieval manuscripts. This edition completes Jorgensen's discussion of the sagas and includes a comprehensive summary of the orthographic, morphological, lexical, and scribal features attested in each text, particularly as these features relate to the allegation of forgery. Background information concerning the scribes, the historical and scholarly milieu of the time, and an explanation of Icelandic textual transmission, describing the role of copyists in the dissemination of texts, is further provided to illuminate additional details of the case. In drawing conclusions about the allegation of forgery, I review the inguistic, lexicographical, scribal, and literary details of the cases and determine that when evaluated historically, these data unambiguously reflect the late composition date of the manuscripts. Following this discussion is a synopsis of each saga as well as transcriptions of both Hafgeirs and Pjo?sto?lfs sagas. The transcriptions are faithful to the orthographic conventions contained in each manuscript.
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