Campbell, Alistair. Skaldic Verse and the Anglo-Saxon Historian

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  • Author: Campbell, Alistair
  • Title: Skaldic Verse and the Anglo-Saxon Historian
  • Published in: The Dorothea Coke Memorial Lecture in Northern Studies
  • Place, Publisher: London: Viking Society for Northern Research
  • Year: 1971
  • Pages: 1–16
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  • Reference: Campbell, Alistair. "Skaldic Verse and the Anglo-Saxon Historian." The Dorothea Coke Memorial Lecture in Northern Studies, pp. 1–16. London: Viking Society for Northern Research, 1971.

  • Key words: topography, poetry, history (kveðskapur, staðfræði, sagnfræði)


Contents

Annotation

Egils saga’s poetry concerning the battle of Brunanburh (Vínheiðr) in 937 is examined as an example of Skaldic verse dealing with episodes in Anglo-Saxon history. Information in verses 16 to 22 of the saga is compared with other (English) sources as part of an examination of the poetry’s varying historical validity.

Lýsing

Könnun á skáldskap Egils um bardagann á Vínheiði árið 937 og hann tekinn sem dæmi um dróttkvæði sem fjalla um kafla úr sögu Engilsaxa. Þær upplýsingar sem fram koma í vísum 16 til 22 eru bornar saman við aðrar (enskar) heimildir og dregnar ályktanir um misjafnt sögulegt gildi þessa skáldskapar.

See also

References

Chapter 52: Vínheiði við Vínuskóga: "Already in the seventeenth century, scholars saw that the historical foundation of the battle of Vínheiðr, described in [verses 16 to 22 of] Egils saga, must be the battle of Brunanburh” (p. 5).

Links

  • Written by: Jane Appleton
  • Icelandic translation: Jón Karl Helgason
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