Gripla 27 (2016). Editors: Emily Lethbridge and Úlfar Bragason. Published by the Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies, publication 95. 317 pages. ISBN: 978 9979 654 38 4.
Gripla is an international, peer-reviewed journal in the field of (medieval) Icelandic studies. This year‘s volume comprises seven research articles plus additional material. Shaun F.D. Hughes discusses manuscript Icel. 32 which is held by the Houghton Library, Harvard University. The manuscript preserves fornaldarsögur in the hand of Halldór Jakobsson (d. 1810). Hughes examines Halldór‘s prologue, in which an attempt is made to categorise the sagas according to their historical value. Emily Lethbridge writes about the reception of the Íslendingasögur through the media of manuscripts and landscape. Elisabeth I. Ward makes a case for Þórðar saga hreðu as a regional saga. Gunnar Harðarson examines connections between the fourteenth-century Icelandic Hauksbók manuscript and medieval encyclopedic material. Guðbjörg Kristjánsdóttir studies illuminations found in Icelandic manuscripts from the fifteenth century and the artists who produced them. Astrid Marner writes about a Latin sermon on St Þorlákur preserved in an Icelandic manuscript that is now in Uppsala, and publishes it with an English translation. Finally, Stephen Pelle publishes an edition of three homilies that are preserved in AM 624 4to from around 1500. The subject of the article in "Annað efni" jointly authored by Beeke Stegmann, Gottskálk Jensson, Natasha Fazlic and Alex Speed Kjeldsen is a recently discovered manuscript fragment which contains text from early thirteenth-century Norwegian letters. The lecture delivered by Carol J. Clover (Professor emeritus at University of Berkeley, California) on the occasion of her acceptance of an honorary doctorate from the University of Iceland is printed.
The deadline to submit articles for the next volume of Gripla is 1st April 2017. Attention is drawn to the fact that Gripla is in the Arts and Humanities Citation Index published by Thomson Reuters and thus published articles are given the highest score possible within the University of Iceland evaluation framework (15 points). Articles submitted to Gripla may be in Icelandic, other Scandinavian languages, English or German. For further instructions regarding the submission of articles, see: http://www.arnastofnun.is/page/gripla_leidbeiningar_en