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Icelandic poetry, written in the 18th cent.

MS. Boreal 6
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The chief pieces appear to be:

  1. (fol. 2) '... Qvedlingar logmans Pauls Widalins', arranged in alphabetical order of first words: a few Latin poems by him follow on fol. 30: see also fol. 125v
  2. (fols. 36, 42v) Poems by Stephan Olafsson: with others by Jon Steinsson (fol. 39v), Benedict Jónsson (fol. 41), Pétur Pétursson (fol. 47a), Gudmund Bergthorsson (fols. 57v, 114, 128), Jón Sigurdsson (fol. 63), Hallgrim Pétursson (fol. 75)
  3. (fol. 46v) 'Liuflyngs Liöð', lullabies
  4. (fol. 48, 56v) Sacred poems
  5. (fol. 50v) 'Nicholas Dictur', a poem on St. Nicholas
  6. (fol. 59v) 'Ordskviðaklasi', proverbs
  7. (fol. 67) 'Kotlu Draumur', Katla's dream
  8. (fol. 73) Aesop's fables
  9. (fol. 87) Hatta-tal by Snorro Sturluson. There are similar short treatises on Icelandic metres by Thorlak G. Widalin (fol. 125v) and others
  10. 1(fol. 94) 'Norvegs Kunga Ævi', here ascribed to Snorro Sturluson: with collations by Finn Magnusen of the codex Flateyensis at Copenhagen (1826)
  11. (fol. 98) '... Haralds Ævi', followed by 'Utfarar Saga Haralds Cungs': i.e. Harald Hanðradr (d. 1066)
  12. (fol. 102) 'Skyda Ryma', a poem by Einar Thordarsson called Fóstri: followed (fol. 105v) by a 'paraphrasis metrica in Somnium Schidenis, authore domino Johanne Thorkilli Widalino episcopo Schalhollt, una cum continuatione Johannis Arnæi ...'
  13. (fol. 27) 'Fragmenta af Merlinus Spá ...', translated into Icelandic by 'Gunnlaug munkur.'.

There are also many other anonymous poems: fols. 135-end are blank.

A probably unique MS.


  • Creation: written in the 18th cent.


191 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • Icelandic


MS. Boreal 6

Other Finding Aids

Falconer Madan, et al., A summary catalogue of western manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford which have not hitherto been catalogued in the Quarto series (7 vols. in 8 [vol. II in 2 parts], Oxford, 1895-1953; reprinted, with corrections in vols. I and VII, Munich, 1980), vol. IV, no 20647

'Catalogus...codicum cliii manuscriptorum Borealium præcipuæ Islandicæ originis, ...autcore... Finno Magnæo, Islando' 1832, where the poetry is described in detail.

A catalogue by Magnusen, dated 1828, is in the Library, and was printed in 1832 with the title 'Catalogus...codicum cliii manuscriptorum Borealium præcipuæ Islandicæ originis, ...autcore... Finno Magnæo, Islando'.

Physical Facet

On paper, in double columns


12 1/2 × 8 1/4 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom