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The Poetics of Commemoration: Skaldic Verse and Social Memory, c. 890–1070

Erin Michelle Goeres


This book is a study of commemorative skaldic verse from the Viking Age. It investigates how skaldic poets responded to the deaths of kings and the ways in which poetic commemoration functioned within the social and political communities of the early medieval court. Beginning with the early genealogical poem Ynglingatal, the book explores how the commemoration of a king's ancestors could be used to consolidate his political position and to provide a shared history for the community. It then examines the presentation of dead kings in poems Eiríksmál and Hákonarmál, showing how poets could re-ca ... More

Keywords: skaldic verse, skaldic poets, early medieval court, Ynglingatal, Eiríksmál, Hákonarmál, Óláfr Tryggvason, Óláfr Haraldsson

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198745747
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198745747.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Erin Michelle Goeres, author
Lecturer in Old Norse Language and Literature, University College London