On Tuesday, May 24, 2022, Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark received a copy of the rare six-volume medieval manuscript, Flatøybok, at Christian IX’s Palace at Amalienborg in Copenhagen. Her Majesty’s copy, which she received from Mr. Bård Titlestad, was translated from Old Norse to modern Norwegian.
According to the Danish royal court, legendary Viking kings such as Harald Hårfager, Olav the Holy, and Sverre Sigurdsson are among the Norwegian figures written about in the 1387 Icelandic manuscript known as Flateyjarbók or Flatøybok. The work had not previously been available to a wider audience, as the only translation was in Old Norse. But, an international team has over a number of years translated the work into modern Norwegian.
In 2015, Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II wrote the preface, “…to the first volume, just as His Majesty King Harald V of Norway and Iceland’s former President, Mr. Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, who also contributed shorter texts.”
Prior to 1971, the original six-volume Flatøybok manuscript was held at the Royal Library in Copenhagen since 1656. Today, the manuscript can be found at the Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies in Reykjavík, Iceland.
Flatøybok six-volume manuscript along with other Icelandic Sagas are inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.