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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anonymous Poems (Anon)

III. 1. Gnóðar-Ásmundar drápa (GnóðÁsm) - 1

not in Skj

2.4: Gnóðar-Ásmundar drápa (‘Drápa of Gnóðar-Ásmundr’) — Anon GnóðÁsmIII

Margaret Clunies Ross 2017, ‘ Anonymous, Gnóðar-Ásmundar drápa’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 626. <> (accessed 28 May 2022)


Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XII]: A. 5. Gnóðar-Ásmundardrápa (AI, 591, BI, 591); stanzas (if different): [v]

in texts: LaufE

SkP info: III, 626

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One anonymous runhent helmingr that LaufE attributes to a poem called Gnóðar-Ásmundar drápaDrápa of Gnóðar-Ásmundr’ (Anon GnóðÁsm) is recorded in LaufE mss (2368ˣ (main ms.), 743ˣ) and (unattributed) in RE 1665(Hh3). It may have been included in leaves of W that have not survived. Although Skj dates it to the twelfth century, neither the poem’s date nor anything of its overall subject or context of production are known. On the other hand, the legendary figure of Ásmundr and the ship Gnóð ‘Rustling’ (cf. Note to Þul Skipa 3/1), after which he was named, appear or are mentioned in at least two fornaldarsögur (Egils saga einhenda ok Ásmundar saga berserkjabana, FSGJ III, 323-65 and Gríms saga loðinkinna, FSGJ II, 183-98), which suggests that more legendary activities of this figure and his ship were known in Old Norse tradition than have been recorded. At the conclusion of EgÁsm, it is stated that Gnóð was the largest ship known to have been built north of the Aegean Sea. In addition to prose sources, several kennings and other references (see LP: Gnóð, vín-Gnóð) attest to skalds’ knowledge of the legend, including Eskál Vell 5/2, 4I, KormǪ Lv 41/5, 6V (Korm 60), and, in particular, Anon Mhkv 8/5 Ásmundr tamði Gnóð við gjálfr ‘Ásmundr accustomed Gnóð <legendary ship> to the sea’. Exactly how Anon GnóðÁsm relates to the legendary material connected with Ásmundr and his ship is unknown.

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