Den Arnamagnæanske Samling, University of Copenhagen

Den Arnamagnæanske Samling, University of Copenhagen

Directeur/Director : Driscoll Matthew James (

Coordonnées/Contact details : Den Arnamagnæanske Samling, Njalsgade 136, 2. sal, DK-2300 København S

Description :

The institute was originally formed in 1956 as an independent institute under the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Copenhagen, with the aim of furthering the academic research into the Arnamagnæan manuscript collection, which the Icelandic philologist and historian Árni Magnússon had bequeathed to the university upon his death in 1730.

In 1965 the Danish parliament passed legislation which decreed that a sigfnicant part of the collection, just over half, should be returned to Iceland. The transfer started in April 1971 and lasted until the summer of 1997. This part of the collection is now housed in the Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies at the University of Iceland.

Research at the Arnamagnæan Institute is primarily focused on Old Norse (principally Old Icelandic and Norwegian, but also Old Danish and Old Swedish), manuscript studies, in addition to modern Icelandic and Faroese. The staff of the Institute also assist the many scholars who visit the Institute in order to work with the manuscript collection.

Projets de recherche/Research projects :
– Ordbog over det norrøne prosasprog
– Stories for all time – The Icelandic fornaldarsagas

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