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also scald  (skôld, skäld)
A medieval Scandinavian poet, especially one writing in the Viking age.

[Old Norse skāld; see sekw- in Indo-European roots.]

skald′ic adj.


(skɔːld) or


1. (Music, other) (in ancient Scandinavia) a bard or minstrel
2. (Historical Terms) (in ancient Scandinavia) a bard or minstrel
[from Old Norse, of unknown origin]
ˈskaldic, ˈscaldic adj


or scald

(skɔld, skɑld)

an ancient Scandinavian poet.
[1755–65; < Old Norse skāld poet]
skald′ic, adj.
skald′ship, n.
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His topics include skaldic verse, the relationship between verse and prose, Anglo-Norman and Icelandic factors, and the uses of the past.
With a major international project under way to re-edit the entire corpus ascribed to skalds from the ninth to fourteenth centuries, skaldic verse is enjoying an unprecedented surge of scholarly interest.
Nordal makes an interesting case in part I for the dependence of thirteenth-century Icelandic poetology upon the introduction of skaldic verse into the study of grammatica in the twelfth century.
For example, Snorri was of the opinion that coherent kennings (nygerving) in a single skaldic verse were the finest art, and this has also been the belief of many modern scholars.
Among modern scholars, Einar Olafur Sveinsson(1) and Jonas Kristjansson(2) have argued for a pre-Christian origin for the poem, and this view has been strengthened by Bjarne Fidjestol's statistical study of the frequency of the filler-particle of/ um in eddic and skaldic verse.
Despite the availability of skaldic verse as a source, the stories about the Jomsvikings are treated as fiction rather than as a narratio rei gestae, with the verses generally a part of the fiction.
The extraordinarily stringent metres of skaldic verse, with its heavy use of internal full and half rhyme and alliteration, are more often admired for technical brilliance than enjoyed for aesthetic merit, but Poole treats the poems to subtle and illuminating literary analysis.
The bright-eyed, white-throated one' (Hrafnsmal 2) is a standard female epithet-type in skaldic verse, and does not show that the valkyrie concerned is in bird form; and the birds of Fafnismal 35 (not Reginsmal) need not be valkyries merely because they are sisters, and cannot be Ooinn's ravens, which are always masculine (p.