It is composed of three main parts: Narrative of the Old Times (up to 1118), the Kiev Chronicle (1119-1200), and the Galician-Volhynian Chronicle (1205-1290).The third part, which is the most important for us, was written in Kholm (until 1262) and Vladimir of Volhynia (1264-1292). In Khlebnikov's manuscript the events of the 13 century are given without dates, whereas in the Ipat'evsky manuscript the dates are inaccurate because they were added later.Researchers who maintain this position have made unsuccessful attempts to prove that the 14-century poem Zadonshchina is its source.However, many facts prove that Zadonshchina was actually modeled after The Lay and thus prove its authentic character.The lack of information makes this problem a rather complicated one, and researchers fail to come to indisputable conclusions.The written sources usually contain casual and vague hints, and these are interpreted according to various theoretical views or simply according to one's imagination.Lithuania is mentioned for the first time in relation to St. The sources containing information about these events can be divided into two versions - Wibert's and Thietmar's. It is supposed that the Novgorod chronicles begin with an older work - Initial Codex, written in 1093 - although some researchers take it as a shortened variant of the Narrative of the Old Times.Wibert's version is based on the narrative of Bruno's companion Wibert. 1020) and adaptations of a more extensive variant - in Peter Damiani's Life of St. These sources contain only a few references to Lithuania.
For this reason, the greatest number of references relates only to frequent Lithuanian attacks.
The Livonian Rhymed Chronicle, written in 1295-1297, is one of the most valuable sources for 13 century it is the one that contains the greatest number of references to the internal life of the Lithuanian state.