Sveriges Medeltida Ballader

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Sveriges Medeltida Ballader is a scholarly edition which compiles, in principle, all of the known Swedish medieval (traditional) ballads in existence, including those from Swedish-speaking parts of Finland.[1] The collection was published between 1983 and 2001 by the Svenskt Visarkiv, and edited by Bengt R. Jonsson (se), Margareta Jersild (se) and Sven-Bertil Jansson.

The ballads are cross referenced to the corresponding TSB number (The Types of the Scandinavian Medieval Ballad).[2] Not only that, the SMB numbers were assigned in the order of ascending TSB type numbers, i.e., SMB 1 was assigned to TSB A 4, ending with SMB 260 assigned to F 75, at the point in time when 260 ballad types were recognized in the collection.[3] But 263 types were given in the final count when the 5th volume was published 2001. (See §Contents of the published volumes).

For each ballad type in the collection, all variants in full text have been printed, up to a maximum of 25 variants, arranged chronologically (This means that for about 80% of the types, all known variants are exhaustively printed, while for the 20% remaining, only a listing of the variants are given beyond the 25 variants limit).[1][2][3]

Another feature of SMB is that the accompanying melodies have been comprehensively printed alongside the text,[1] unlike ballad collections in some of the other languages.

In 2005, a ballad collection was discovered in the library of Växjö that contained ballad types not enumerated in the SMB.[4]

A full list of the Swedish ballad types are given in the List of Sveriges Medeltida Ballader (sv).

Contents of the published volumes[edit]

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  1. ^ a b c Syndergaard 1995, p. 183
  2. ^ a b Lindow 1987, p. 368
  3. ^ a b Jensen 1992, p. 229
  4. ^ Sverkersson, Micael; Bäckvall, Louise (2006). För gull och för edela kransar: en identifiering av 22 nyfunna ballader (Thesis). Växjö universitet. ISSN 1651-2871. 
  5. ^ Jonsson, Jersild & Jansson 2001, SMB, Band 5.2
  6. ^ Holzapfel, Otto (2003), Matter, Max; Grosch, Nils, eds., Lied und populäre Kultur/ Song and Popular Culture (Waxmann Verlag), 47. Jahrgang - 2002, ISBN 3830963246  Missing or empty |title= (help); |chapter= ignored (help)