Anonymous: Grímnismál [The Lay of Grímnir]

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Andrew McGillivray (University of Winnipeg)

Grímnismál [Grímnir’s sayings] is an Old Norse-Icelandic mythological poem. It is composed for the most part in ljóðaháttr [song meter], though many of the stanzas have an irregular meter, and stanzas 27 through 29 are composed in fornyrðislag [old story meter]. The poem is divided into 54 stanzas, and before and after the stanzas of poetry are prose passages which introduce and conclude the narrative frame. Stanzas 1 through 3 and 51 through 53 add to the frame story, with the remaining 48 stanzas mostly didactic in function. The oldest version of Grímnismál survives in a vellum manuscript from c. 1270, Konungsbók eddukvæð…

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Citation: McGillivray, Andrew. "Grímnismál". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 19 September 2022 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=40735, accessed 30 January 2023.]

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