This is not currently part of the peer-reviewed material of the project. Do not cite as a research publication.
The editions can be searched according to the categories listed in the tabs at the top of the web page, including skald (poet) name, poem title, text (prose work) title, manuscript siglum/shelfmark, editor name and so on. Moving the mouse cursor over the tabs will produce a search box, or clicking on the tabs will also allow you to both search and browse in each category.
A generic search for all categories is also available on the home and database pages, and under the ‘search’ tab.
Currently these searches use modern Icelandic rules, which means that accented characters are treated separately from unaccented characters. You can use the buttons next to some of the search boxes to add these characters, or use the wildcard characters ‘_’ (underscore) or ‘%’ (percent) to match a single letter or any number of letters respectively. (This behaviour may change.)
The edited stanzas can be located by browsing various categories, most of which are listed in the tabs at the top of the web page. These include:
The basic structure of the poetry in the database has three levels: skald (poet or anonymous), poem (or group of stanzas) and verse (stanza or fragment). In addition, the categorisations from the Skj edition are also recorded, as well as links by prose work, manuscript, editor and so on.
The database includes a vast amount of data which does not relate directly to the skaldic corpus. This can be searched by the same categories above but does not normally appear in the standard views of the skaldic corpus.
The database pages on poets, prose works and poems includes introductory material (biographies of skalds and introductions to poems and sagas) as well as the verse contents of each category. Some of the introductory material is taken from the volume introductions and will appear in a separate box where available.
You can often see compiled information on the poetry for each category, including manuscript references, indexing material, lexical concordances and so on.
Once you have found a stanza of poetry, the edition (e.g. Rögnvaldr’s stanza 4) and associated information can be viewed in a number of ways. If the edition is unpublished you will have access to the Skj B version of the text with a range of contextual information provided by the new project. This includes manuscripts and images in most cases, information on the prose context(s) of the stanza.
If the stanza has been edited and published you will find a number of tabs representing different views and information about the stanza.
The kenning index is initially based on Meissner’s index, with his referents translated into English. As verse is entered into the database kennings are automatically indexed to this list of referents, with supplementation of the original list. Additionally, some kennings refer to named individuals (historical, legendary or mythological) and these are indexed separately. There are therefore a few ways of accessing the index of kennings:
Images of manuscript pages and transcriptions of stanzas are accessible when you view individual stanzas, normally in the list of manuscripts at the bottom right of the page. Images are linked according to a small icon .
When selected, the manuscript image view will give a medium-sized image of the relevant page with thumbnails of other images of the same page. Some users may be able to view full-sized images of the page — a link will appear where these are available. A full listing of stanzas that are on the page appears on the left hand side. In some cases these will be marked on the image itself.
Transcriptions may also be available; the aim is to have all main mss of stanzas transcribed and published. Where available a small icon will appear in the manuscript listing. (Transcriptions may not have been reviewed and may contain errors.)
Clicking on a manuscript siglum which contains a link will give information on the manuscript, including all stanzas in the manuscript, all prose works and all available images.
This view allows users to see what other materials are present in each manuscript of skaldic poetry.
Manuscripts may also be searched and browsed by using the ‘manuscripts’ menu item.
As with manuscripts, clicking on a siglum for a prose work will show information about that work, including other poetry in the work, manuscripts and information from volume introductions about it, allowing users to see the relationship between the poetry and its prose context.
Prose works can also be searched and browsed using the ‘texts’ menu item.