Kappatöl

 (sing. 

kappatal

) were composed in Iceland from the late Middle Ages down to the nineteenth century, listing the principal heroes of medieval Icelandic literature. While some of these poems only mention heroes from the 

Íslendingasögur

 [Sagas of Icelanders], others mention heroes from a range of literary genres. Related to 

kappatöl

, although not quite comparable, is a certain poem, 

Skíðaríma

, that belongs to the genre of 

rímur

. The poem is generally dated to the fifteenth century and is now preserved in paper manuscripts from the eighteenth century and later. It is, however, referred to in a paragraph that was added to the chronicle 

Gottskálksannáll

 around 1600, that notes that in the year 1194 Skíði had his dream (“dreymdi Skíða”). While the authorship…

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Citation: Guðmundsdóttir, Aðalheiður. "Skíðaríma". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 28 February 2023 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=40712, accessed 26 May 2024.]

40712 Skíðaríma 3 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

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