Tracing the origins of an Icelandic 16th century runic manuscript

Oplægget ved Sebastian Mortensen Mariné, stud.mag., finder sted mandag d. 20. oktober i lokale 27.1.49 på KUA1 kl. 17.15.

My presentation focuses on the manuscript AM 54 8vo from the Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies in Reykjavík. It is one of the few post-Reformatory manuscripts that contain runes left to this day. The runes are surprisingly allowed to fill the first half of the first page of an otherwise legal manuscript. The runes are furthermore peculiar because they are of a magical nature. However, I will suggest that both the runic formula and the legal texts give us a clue about the manuscript’s provenance which could also explain its survival to this day.


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