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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anonymous Lausavísur (Anon)

III. 4. Stanzas from Laufás Edda (LaufE) - 11

not in Skj

2.4: Stanzas from Laufás Edda — Anon (LaufE)III

Kari Ellen Gade 2017, ‘ Anonymous, Stanzas from Laufás Edda’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 637. <> (accessed 21 May 2022)

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for reference only:  11x 

in texts: LaufE, LaufE

SkP info: III, 637

old edition introduction edition manuscripts transcriptions concordance references search files


The ten half-stanzas and couplets edited below, Anon (LaufE) 1-10, are all anonymous stanzas transmitted only in one or more versions of LaufE (on that compilation, see Volume Introduction). The metre of most of these stanzas is dróttkvætt, but st. 2 is in hálfhnept, and sts 9-10 are in fornyrðislag and ljóðaháttr respectively. It is almost impossible to establish dates for this poetry on the basis of metrical and linguistic criteria, and it could well be that some stanzas are later compositions that grew out of new, learned prose environments (see the discussion in the Notes to the respective stanzas; see also Jón Helgason 1966a, 180). They have been normalised to the period 1200-50 (with reservations). Six of the stanzas (sts 1-5, 7) have previously been edited in Skj and Skald, and all stanzas are included in LaufE 1979. Stanzas 8-10 are edited in Jón Helgason (1966a).

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