Manuscripts in the Accessoria collection: Digital cataloguing and Material-philological analysis

From August 2018 to March 2019 I worked on the cataloguing project of the Copenhagen part of the Accessoria collection held at the Arnamagnæan Institute for the online catalogue The majority of the collection has never been catalogued and its contents were unknown. Cataloguing methods and practices became one of my research interests, and in March 2019 I presented some of my perspectives on the subject at the 94th Medieval Academy of America Annual Meeting and in November 2019 at the 12th Annual Schoenberg Symposium on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age. 

Research outputs:

A peer-reviewed article: "A Danish collection of Old Norse sagas: Material-philological and textual studies of Acc. 61", From text to artefact: Studies in honour of Anne Mette Hansen, ed. Katarzyna Anna Kapitan, Beeke Stegmann & Seán Vrieland (Leeds, 2019), pp. 39–46, Download.

A blog post in the series Manuscript of the Month Chronicle of the Slavs in the Arnamagnæan Collection, also available in Danish (2019) here.

Digital manuscript descriptions of Accessoria collection on

Four sponsored sessions featuring sixteen papers on Materiality of Manuscripts at the International Medieval Congress 2019 in Leeds (UK).

An edition of a post-medieval romance: Ambrósíus saga ok Rósamunda

Together with Sheryl McDonal Werronen I edited a post-medieval Icelandic romance, Ambrósíus saga ok Rósamunda. The project was originally a Mater Class project at the Arnamagnæan Summer School in manuscript studies where together with a group of other five students we were given the task to examine the transmission of Ambrósíus saga. After very productive week at the Summer School, two of us continued working on the edition of the saga and we published an edition based on the text preserved in BL Add. 24,969, while other participants of the summer school are working on the translation of the saga into English.

Research outputs:

Our peer-reviewed article "An Edition of Ambrósíus saga og Rósamunda based on BL Add. 24 969", Opuscula 16 (2018): pp. 179-215 is freely available here.

A new stemma of Njáls saga

In 2013 I participated in the Advanced Level of the Arnamagnæan Summer School in manuscript studies, where students were given an assignment of collating variants for the new stemma of Njáls saga. After the summer school I was one of a few students who continued the data collection and proofreading of the existing transcriptions. The results of this project are presented in the forthcoming article by L. Zeevaert et al. "A new stemma of Njáls saga".

Research outputs:

Our working paper is freely available here.

An analysis and edition of a medieval fragment of Njáls saga

My MA-thesis at the University of Iceland was based on the examination of a fragment of Njáls saga, which included palaeographic and linguistic analysis of the manuscript. The main research findings of my MA-thesis have been published as an article titled "Dating of a fragment of Brennu-Njáls saga: AM 162 B α fol." in Opuscula. The digital edition of the fragment was also published digitally in open access on Menota archives.

Research outputs:

My XML-based digital edition of the fragment is available here.

My peer-reviewed article is freely available here.

Network analysis of genre relationships in the Icelandic literary corpus

Research outputs:

Two conference presentations:

  • "Network analysis of the manuscript context of Old Icelandic literature", Book of Abstracts DH2017, Montreal (2017), Download.

  • (with Timothy Rowbotham and Tarrin Wills) "Visualising genre relationships in Icelandic manuscripts", Digital Humanities in the Nordic Countries, 2nd Conference, Götenburg (2017), Download.

Watermarks in Icelandic manuscripts

Research outputs:

One conference presentation: "Dating post-medieval Icelandic manuscript based on watermarks. A case study of selected nineteenth century Hrómundar saga Gripssonar manuscripts", Abstracts of the 17th Care and Conservation of Manuscripts, Copenhagen (2018), Download.

One peer-reviewed article in the conference proceedings: "Dating paper manuscripts based on watermarks: A case study of selected nineteenth-century Icelandic manuscripts", Care and conservation 17 (2020).

Computer assisted stemmatics 

Research outputs:

One conference presentation: "Re-approaching new stemmatics: Choice of relationship revealing readings for cladistic analysis", Book of Abstracts, International Symposium on Digital Humanities, Växjö (2016), pp. 44- 45, Download.

One peer-reviewed article in the conference proceedings: "A choice of relationship-revealing variants for a cladistic analysis of Old Norse texts: some methodological considerations", Digital Humanities Symposium Proceedings (2017): pp. 52–74, Download.

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