The Norse-Icelandic Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages project aims to produce a new edition of the known corpus of skaldic verse, including runic inscriptions in metrical form. In practice this means editing all poetry supposed to be from earliest times until c. 1400, which does not belong to the collection in the Codex Regius of the Elder Edda and related collections. This is the first edition of the skaldic corpus from first principles since Finnur Jónsson's Den Norsk-Islandske Skjaldedigtning (1912-15). It will be published in both book and electronic form as a critical edition with an English translation, editorial apparatus and notes. It will, however, in all cases re-examine the manuscript evidence for the poetic texts and their contexts.
The edition will be produced in eight volumes, each one based on distinct source categories arranged in assumed chronological order, so that the manuscript contexts in which the poetry has been preserved will be kept in view. This basis of selection, plus the inclusion of an English translation and notes, should prove useful to readers outside skaldic studies, such as historians, archaeologists and scholars of other medieval literatures, who have previously found skaldic verse rather inaccessible. The volume of runic poetry will also contain images of the objects on which the inscriptions were carved. There will be a ninth volume comprising various indices and a complete bibliography of works relevant to skaldic poetry.
The electronic edition will contain a range of resources and media: searchable text of the corpus, including variant readings; images and transcriptions of all base manuscripts and a great many other manuscripts; an interactive text linking all aspects of the apparatus; a range of linked resources, including information about manuscripts, prose sources and runic inscriptions; and a full concordance of poetic diction (kennings and heiti).