Anonymous: Alvíssmál [The Song of All-wise]

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Andrew McGillivray (University of Winnipeg)

Alvíssmál [All-wise’s sayings] is an Old Norse-Icelandic mythological poem, composed in the eddic meter ljóðaháttr [song meter] and divided into 35 stanzas. Its form is dialogic, all stanzas representing the direct speech of the characters. The oldest version of Alvíssmál survives in a vellum manuscript from c. 1270, Konungsbók eddukvæða (Codex Regius of Eddic Poetry; GKS 2365 4to). Two verses (stanzas 20 and 30) are also found in manuscripts of Snorra Edda [Snorri’s Edda], in the Skáldskaparmál [Poetic diction] section, a work which, like Alvíssmál, concerns the naming of …

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Citation: McGillivray, Andrew. "Alvíssmál". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 12 September 2022 [, accessed 30 January 2023.]

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