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The Poetics of CommemorationSkaldic Verse and Social Memory, c. 890–1070$
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Erin Michelle Goeres

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198745747

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198745747.001.0001

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Elegy, Hagiography, and Advice to Princes

Elegy, Hagiography, and Advice to Princes

The Commemoration of Óláfr inn helgi

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The Poetics of Commemoration

Erin Michelle Goeres

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the commemoration of the royal martyr Óláfr Haraldsson of Norway. The earliest skaldic poem to commemorate King Óláfr as a saint, Þorarinn loftunga’s Glælognskviða describes the first miracles associated with Óláfr’s tomb as the poet instructs the king’s successor on how best to use Óláfr’s legacy to legitimize his own rule. In the Erfidrápa Óláfs helga and a series of occasional verses, Sigvatr Þórðarson mourns the loss of his royal patron and describes the physical manifestations of his grief; however, in Bersǫglisvísur, a sequence addressed to the king’s son Magnús, Sigvatr successfully resolves his grief by transferring his emotional attachment from father to son.

Keywords:   Óláfr Haraldsson, Glælognskviða, Erfidrápa Óláfs helga, Bersǫglisvísur, Þorarinn loftunga, Sigvatr Þórðarson, Magnús Óláfsson

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