1787 · HafniÃ¦:
At that time of discovery, versions of the Prose Edda were well known in Iceland, but scholars speculated that there once was another Edda—an Elder Edda—which contained the pagan poems Snorri quotes in his book. When the Codex Regius was discovered, this speculation seemed correct. The manuscript was attributed to Sæmundr the Learned, a larger-than-life 12th century Icelandic priest. While this attribution is rejected by modern scholars, the name Sæmundar Edda is still associated with Poetic Edda.
Codex Regius was gifted to King Frederick III of Denmark in 1662 (hence it name, "King's Book"), by its' then possessor, Brynjólfur Sveinsson, Bishop of Skálholt. It was kept in the Royal Library in Copenhagen until April 21 1971, when it was brought back to its land of origin and is now kept in the Árni Magnússon Institute. REFERENCES: Graesse, Tresor de Livres Rares, II, 461. FULL TITLE: EDDA SAEMUNDAR Hinns Fróda. Edda Rhythmica seu Antiquior, Vulgo Saemundina Dicta. Pars 1. Odas Mythologicas, a Resenio Non Editas, Continens. Ex Codice Bibliothecae Regiae Hafniensis Pergameno, nec non Diversis Legati Arna-Magnaeani et Aliorum Membraneis Chartaceisque Melioris Notae Manuscriptis. Cum Interretatione Latina, Lectionibus Variis, Notis, Glossario Vocum et Indice Rerum. (Inventory #: LV2125)