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Grani skáld (Grani)

11th century; volume 2; ed. Kari Ellen Gade;

III. Fragment (Frag) - 1

Grani (Grani) is unknown, and it is uncertain whether he was from Iceland or from Norway. Skáldatal (SnE 1848-87, III, 254, 262, 275) lists him among the poets of Haraldr Sigurðarson (‘Grani skáld’).

Fragment — Grani FragIII

Kari Ellen Gade 2017, ‘ Grani skáld, Fragment’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 196. <> (accessed 25 May 2022)

stanzas:  1 

Skj: Grani skáld: (AI, 387, BI, 357)

in texts: Skm, SnE

SkP info: III, 196

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This fragment (Grani Frag) is transmitted in mss R (main ms.), , A, B and C of Skm (SnE). Ms. B is damaged, and in the present edition 744ˣ has been used in its place. The stanza is attributed to Grani in all mss. Finnur Jónsson (SnE 1848-87, III, 599) assigns it to Grani’s poem about King Haraldr harðráði ‘Hard-rule’ Sigurðarson (r. 1046-66; see Grani Har 1-2II). Although Grani is not known to have composed about other rulers than Haraldr and the fragment appears to have been a part of a royal encomium, there is no evidence that the couplet belonged to Har because he could have composed more than one poem about Haraldr (but see Fidjestøl 1982, 143).
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