Old Norse Poems (Forgotten Books)
Old Norse Poems (Forgotten Books)

Old Norse Poems (Forgotten Books)

  • Publish Date: 2008-02-04
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: Lee Milton Hollander
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Old Norse poetry encompasses a range of verse forms written in Old Norse, during the period from the 8th century (see Eggjum stone) to as late as the far end of the 13th century. Most of the Old Norse poetry that survives was preserved in Iceland, but there are also 122 preserved poems in Swedish rune inscriptions, 54 in Norwegian and 12 in Danish. Poetry played an important role in the social and religious world of the Vikings. In Norse mythology, Skaldskaparmal (1) tells the story of how Odin brought the mead of poetry to Asgard, which is an indicator of the significance of poetry within the contemporary Scandinavian culture. Old Norse poetry is characterised by alliteration, a poetic vocabulary expanded by heiti, and use of kennings. An important source of information about poetic forms in Old Norse is the Prose Edda of Snorri Sturluson. Old Norse poetry is conventionally, and somewhat arbitrarily, split into two types; Eddaic poetry (also sometimes known as Eddic poetry) and skaldic poetry. Eddaic poetry includes the poems of the Codex Regius and a few other similar ones. Skaldic poetry is usually defined as everything else not already mentioned. (Quote from wikipedia.org)

Table of Contents:

Publisher's Preface; Introduction; The Old Lay Of Biarki [biarkaml Hin Fornu]; The Lay Of Ingiald; The Lay Of Vkar [vkarsblkr]; Hilmar's Death Song; The Lay Of Hervor [hervararkvitra]; The Lay Of Hloth And Angantr Or The Battle Of The Huns; The Lay Of Innstein; Hildibrand's Death Song; The Lay Of Harold [haraldskvthi Or Hrafnsml] By Thrbiorn Hornklofi; The Lay Of Eric [eirksmol]; The Lay Of Hkon [hkonarml] By Eyvind Finnsson Skldaspillir; The Song Of The Valkyries [darra Tharlioth]; The Curse Of Busla [buslubn]; The Oath Of Truce [tryggthaml]; The Riddles Of King Heithrek [heithreksgtur]; The Sun Song [slarlith]; Endnotes

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