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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anonymous Poems (Anon)

III. 3. Kúgadrápa (Kúgdr) - 1

not in Skj

2.2: Kúgadrápa (‘Kúgi’s drápa’) — Anon KúgdrIII

Tarrin Wills 2017, ‘ Anonymous, Kúgadrápa’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 535. <> (accessed 22 October 2021)


Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XII]: A. 4. Kúgadrápa (AI, 590, BI, 591); stanzas (if different): [v]

in texts: Gramm, TGT

SkP info: III, 535

notes: cf. BMO 1884 30, 113 (in Gramm3)

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This hrynhent fragment entitled Kúgadrápa ‘Kúgi’s drápa’ (Anon Kúgdr) is found only in TGT (mss A (main ms.) and W), where the title is given. Björn Magnússon Ólsen (TGT 1884, 231) identifies the name Kúgi with a person in Orkn, a supporter of Páll jarl Hákonarson against Rǫgnvaldr jarl (see Rv Lv 5II, in which Rǫgnvaldr responds to Kúgi’s plea for mercy). This attribution would allow a dating of the fragment to around the time of Rǫgnvaldr’s defeat of Páll in 1136, but is highly tenuous.

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