This chapter reiterates the main arguments that have been raised in the book. It notes that a wide range of commemorative texts may be found within the corpus of Viking-Age skaldic verse. Although the function of praise-poetry is often characterized as the simple exchange of reputation for honour, it is concluded that commemorative texts could fulfil a variety of functions, including the legitimation of power, the re-establishment of social and political order, and resistance to the new king’s reign. It is further noted that the role of commemoration changed with the Christianization of Scandinavia as poetic texts also came to function as hagiography and advice to princes. It is argued that skaldic commemoration was intimately linked to expressions of political and social identity.
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