THE LOCALISATION AND DATING OF MEDIEVAL ICELANDIC MANUSCRIPTS
SAGA-BOOK, VOL. XXV, VIKING SOCIETY FOR NORTHERN RESEARCH, UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON, (1998–2001)
As is apparent from the title, the subject of this paper is the localisation and dating of medieval Icelandic manuscripts. In this context I intend to touch on the identification of scribal hands in more than one manuscript, that is to say, the establishment of groups of manuscripts on the basis of common hands, and to consider attempts to identify individual scribes or at least to place them in a particular environment.
In my view, investigations of this sort can serve many purposes well beyond just satisfying pure curiosity, necessary though curiosity certainly is in a scholar. In many cases our work resembles that of the detective, although we seldom succeed in making our expositions as exciting as a detective-thriller.