Danish Queen Margrethe receives special edition of book on old Norwegian kings

FlatøybokaPhoto: Public domain / Jón Þórðarson / Magnús Þorhallsson
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Queen Margrethe received a copy of the new translation of the famous “Flatøyboka” during last week’s ceremony at Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen.

The last volume in the book series was presented to Queen Margrethe during the ceremony, with the old manuscript translated into modern Norwegian, the Royal Central reports.

The new version is easy to read for speakers of Icelandic, Danish, Norwegian, and Swedish. The sixth volume in the series was handed to the Danish Queen by Bård Titlestad, who led the international translation team.

Flatøyboka in Norwegian

In 2012, more than 600 years after it was written, it was announced that translation work would start to translate Flatøyboka’s first two volumes in Norwegian, The Viking Herald reports.

Flatøyboka is a collection of Norse stories written down at the end of the 14th century. It is referred to as the largest and most beautiful of the Icelandic manuscripts from the Middle Ages but is not well known in Norway.

In 2012, Saga Bok – a company whose main purpose is to preserve and disseminate the Norwegian cultural heritage from the saga era – decided to change that by starting a project to have the work translated from Icelandic into Norwegian.

Saga Bok launched it under the title “The life and history of the Norwegian people.”

The project was launched at Fritt Ord’s premises in Oslo in September of 2012 under an international editorial committee led by professor Torgrim Titlestad.

Important source on Norwegian Viking kings

Flatøyboka contains information about the old Norwegian Viking kings and is considered an essential source of knowledge regarding the royal families of the era.

The original book is currently being guarded and preserved in the National Archives of Iceland, and it is part of the UNESCO World Heritage List.

As the Royal Central points out, modern royals have supported the new release of the book. The preface for the first volume of the book series published in 2015 was written by Queen Margrethe, and Norway’s King Harald also contributed to one of the books.

Source : #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayTravel

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