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Introduction

Martin Chase

in Eddic, Skaldic, and Beyond: Poetic Variety in Medieval Iceland and Norway

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780823257812
eISBN:
9780823261598
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823257812.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

The introduction discusses the history and implications of the genre classification and periodization of Old Norse-Icelandic poetry. The poetry has traditionally been classified as either “eddic” or ... More


Eddic, Skaldic, and Beyond: Poetic Variety in Medieval Iceland and Norway

Martin Chase (ed.)

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780823257812
eISBN:
9780823261598
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823257812.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This collection of essays on Old Norse-Icelandic poetry is concerned with the blurring of boundaries between genres and periods. Many of the texts and topics taken up have been difficult to ... More


The Mead of Poetry: Old Norse Poetry as a Mind-Altering Substance

Hannah Burrows

in Distributed Cognition in Medieval and Renaissance Culture

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781474438131
eISBN:
9781474465236
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474438131.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

This chapter examines the Old Norse myth of the mead of poetry in light of the distributed cognition hypothesis. It explains how Norse skaldic poetry scaffolds various cognitive processes, and then ... More


Einarr Skúlason, Snorri Sturluson, And The Post-Pagan Mythological Kenning

Christopher Abram

in Eddic, Skaldic, and Beyond: Poetic Variety in Medieval Iceland and Norway

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780823257812
eISBN:
9780823261598
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823257812.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

Christopher Abram examines the relationship of Snorri Sturluson’s Edda to the earlier skalds he cites. Viking-Age skaldic poetry contains many references to pagan gods, but the poetry of the eleventh ... More


Skáldskaparmál As A Tool For Composition Of Pseudonymous Skaldic Poetry

Mikael Males

in Eddic, Skaldic, and Beyond: Poetic Variety in Medieval Iceland and Norway

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780823257812
eISBN:
9780823261598
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823257812.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

Mikael Males investigates the idea of the Snorra Edda as an antiquarian or archaizing text. He sees Snorri’s work not only as an archival collection of examples of an admired tradition, but also as a ... More


Creating Tradition: The Use of Skaldic Verse in Old Norse Historiography

Rolf Stavnem

in Eddic, Skaldic, and Beyond: Poetic Variety in Medieval Iceland and Norway

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780823257812
eISBN:
9780823261598
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823257812.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

Rolf Stavnem’s contribution investigates the relationship of verse and prose in the prosimetrical saga form, the dynamic of “new-old” skaldic poetry, and the historiographical use of poetry to ... More


Devotional Poetry at the End of the Middle Ages in Iceland

Martin Chase

in Eddic, Skaldic, and Beyond: Poetic Variety in Medieval Iceland and Norway

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780823257812
eISBN:
9780823261598
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823257812.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

Martin Chase draws attention to the extensive body of Icelandic devotional poetry from the period preceding and immediately following the Reformation (officially 1550 in Iceland). This body of ... More


Wit and Wisdom: The Worldview of the Old Norse-Icelandic Riddles and Their Relationship to Eddic Poetry

Hannah Burrows

in Eddic, Skaldic, and Beyond: Poetic Variety in Medieval Iceland and Norway

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780823257812
eISBN:
9780823261598
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823257812.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

Hannah Burrows discusses the riddles found in Hervarar saga ok Heiðreks, a thirteenth-century fornaldarsaga. Little scholarly attention has been directed toward the riddles from the Old ... More


Rattus rattus as a Beast of Battle? Stanza 12 of Ragnars Saga

Rory McTurk

in Eddic, Skaldic, and Beyond: Poetic Variety in Medieval Iceland and Norway

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780823257812
eISBN:
9780823261598
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823257812.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

Rory McTurk discusses Stanza 12 from Ragnars saga, a late-thirteenth-century saga about a legendary Viking-Age hero. The stanzas in the saga date from a time when the rigid definitions of meters ... More


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