Book Series Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages, vol. 7

Poetry on Christian Subjects

Margaret Clunies Ross (ed)

  • Pages:2 vols, lxxiv + 1040 p.
  • Size:160 x 240 mm
  • Language(s):English
  • Publication Year:2008

  • ISBN: 978-2-503-51893-0
  • Hardback
  • Available


"As far as the textual criticism and decipherment of skaldic poetry are concerned, after this edition not much is left for anyone to add."

(A. Liberman, in Journal of English and Germanic Philology, October 2009, p.550-554)

"The present volume is a remarkable achievement, and a testimony to the dedication and scholarly rigour of its editors. [...] The printed edition benefits from the useful and well-designed website of the Skaldic Poetry Project."

(Erika Sigurdson, in European Journal of Scandinavian Studies 41/1, 2011, p. 49-50)

"This first volume, which is also available electronically (fully searchable, including images and transcriptions of the base manuscripts) is informative, beautifully produced, and a glorious achievement in every way. It is also, for those in the field, a dream come true. (...) This is a landmark publication, renewing one's faith in the possibilities of scholarship. The editors' methodological rigor, profound learning, and solidly grounded conclusions have placed the study of skaldic verse on a new footing." (R. Frank, in: The Medieval Review, 09.10.19)


This volume is devoted to poems of Christian piety, often recorded outside prose contexts, which date from the mid-twelfth to the end of the fourteenth century. They range in subject matter from saints' lives and lives of the apostles to poems addressed to the Cross and the Virgin Mary and reveal the poetic compositions of some of the learned ecclesiastics (and a few laymen) of medieval Iceland.


Volume Editor’s Preface
General Abbreviations
Sigla Used in Volume VII
Technical Terms
The Contributors

Christian Skaldic Poetry: The Corpus

PART 1 — The Twelfth Century

Einarr Skúlason, Geisli ‘Light-beam’ (ESk Geisl) — edited by MARTIN CHASE

Níkulás Bergsson, Jónsdrápa Drápa about S. John’ (Ník Jóndr) — edited by BEATRICE LA FARGE

Gamli kanóki, Harmsól ‘Sun of Sorrow’ (Gamlkan Has) — edited by KATRINA ATTWOOD

Gamli kanóki, Jónsdrápa Drápa about S. John’ (Gamlkan Jóndr) — edited by BEATRICE LA FARGE

Anonymous, Leidarvísan ‘Way Guidance’ (Anon Leid) — edited by KATRINA ATTWOOD

Anonymous, Plácitusdrápa Drápa about Plácitus’ (Anon Pl) — edited by JONNA LOUIS-JENSEN and TARRIN WILLS

The Thirteenth Century

Kolbeinn Tumason, Jónsvísur Vísur about S. John’ (Kolb Jónv) — edited by BEATRICE LA FARGE

Anonymous, Líknarbraut ‘Way of Grace’ (Anon Líkn) — edited by GEORGE TATE

Anonymous, Sólarljód ‘Song of the Sun’ (Anon Sól) — edited by CAROLYNE LARRINGTON and PETER ROBINSON

Anonymous, Hugsvinnsmál ‘Sayings of the Wise-minded One’ (Anon Hsv) — edited by TARRIN WILLS and STEFANIE WÜRTH

Anonymous, Heilags anda drápa ‘Drápa about the Holy Spirit’ (Anon Heildr) — edited by KATRINA ATTWOOD

PART 2— The Fourteenth Century

Anonymous, Stanzas addressed to Fellow Ecclesiastics 1 & 2 (Anon Eccl 1-2) — edited by JONATHAN GROVE

Anonymous, Máríudrápa Drápa about Mary’ (Anon Mdr)— edited by KATRINA ATTWOOD

Anonymous, Gydingsvísur Vísur about a Jew’ (Anon Gyd)— edited by KATRINA ATTWOOD

Anonymous, Brúdkaupsvísur Vísur about a Wedding’ (Anon Brúdv)— edited by VALGERDUR ERNA TORVALDSDÓTTIR

Anonymous, Lilja ‘Lily’ (Anon Lil) — edited by MARTIN CHASE

Anonymous, Máríuvísur I Vísur about Mary I’ (Anon Mv I) — edited by KARI ELLEN GADE

Anonymous, Máríuvísur II Vísur about Mary II’ (Anon Mv II) — edited by KARI ELLEN GADE

Anonymous, Máríuvísur III Vísur about Mary III’ (Anon Mv III) — edited by KARI ELLEN GADE

Anonymous, Vitnisvísur af Máríu ‘Testimonial Vísur about Mary’ (Anon Vitn) — edited by KARI ELLEN GADE

Anonymous, Drápa af Máríugrát Drápa about the Lament of Mary’ (Anon Mgr) — edited by KARI ELLEN GADE

Anonymous, Pétrsdrápa Drápa about S. Peter’ (Anon Pét) — edited by DAVID MCDOUGALL

Anonymous, Andreasdrápa Drápa about S. Andrew’ (Anon Andr) — edited by IAN MCDOUGALL

Anonymous, Allra postula minnisvísur ‘Celebratory Vísur about all the Apostles’ (Anon Alpost) — edited by IAN MCDOUGALL

Anonymous, Heilagra manna drápa Drápa about Holy Men’ (Anon Heil) — edited by KIRSTEN WOLF

Anonymous, Heilagra meyja drápa Drápa about Holy Maidens’ (Anon Mey) — edited by KIRSTEN WOLF

Kálfr Hallsson, Kátrínardrápa Drápa about S. Catharine’ (Kálf Kátr) — edited by KIRSTEN WOLF

Anonymous, Lausavísa on Lawgiving (Anon Law) — edited by JONATHAN GROVE


Index of First Lines

Indices of Names and Terms

General Index

LP Abbreviations