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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Snorri Sturluson (SnSt)

13th century; volume 3; ed. Kari Ellen Gade;

1. Fragment from a religious poem (Frag) - 1

Skj info: Snorri Sturluson, Islandsk höfding og skjald, 1178-1241. (AII, 52-79, BII, 60-90).

Skj poems:
1. En drape om Skule jarl
2. Háttatal
3. Af et religiøst digt (?)
4. Lausavísur
4. Lausavísur

prose works

Fragment from a religious poem — SnSt FragIII

Kari Ellen Gade 2017, ‘ Snorri Sturluson, Fragment from a religious poem’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 375. <> (accessed 21 May 2022)


Skj: Snorri Sturluson: 3. Af et religiøst digt (?) (AII, 77, BII, 88); stanzas (if different): [v]

in texts: Gramm, TGT

SkP info: III, 375

old edition introduction edition manuscripts transcriptions concordance references search files


The couplet (SnSt Frag) is transmitted in mss A (main ms.) and W of TGT and it is attributed to Snorri in both mss. Björn Magnússon Ólsen (TGT 1884, 183-4) suggests that the fragment belonged to a praise poem for a saint rather than to a poem glorifying Bishop Guðmundr Arason of Hólar, who is the bishop addressed in the poem (see also Finnur Jónsson in TGT 1927, 95). Both Björn Magnússon Ólsen (TGT 1884, 183) and Finnur Jónsson (TGT 1927, 95) propose that Snorri composed the poem during the winter of 1209-10 when Guðmundr stayed with him at Reykholt (Stu 1878, I, 222-3), which is quite possible.
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