Anonymous, Færeyinga saga

Ármann Jakobsson (University of Iceland)
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Fœreyinga saga

is an Old Norse prose narrative, presumably dating from the thirteenth century. The saga is nowhere independently preserved, but always as a part of the kings’ sagas of Óláfr Tryggvason (d. 1000) and Óláfr helgi (d. 1030). These are preserved in the manuscript


(GKS 1005 fol.), where

Fœreyinga saga

is distributed throughout the text of

Óláfs saga Tryggvasonar


Óláfs saga helga

in chapters of various lengths. In addition


various parts of the saga are found in other manuscripts of the sagas of the two kings, such as AM 61 fol., AM 62 fol., AM 53 fol., AM 54 fol. and various manuscripts of

Óláfs saga helga

(among them copies of



The oldest manuscripts of Fœreyinga saga date from the latter portion of the thirteenth century, but all the

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Citation: Jakobsson, Ármann. "Færeyinga saga". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 04 May 2023 [, accessed 26 May 2024.]

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