Anonymous: Hárbarðsljóð [The Lay of Hárbarðr] (1013 words)

Andrew McGillivray (University of Winnipeg)
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Hárbarðsljóð [Harbard’s song] is a mythological eddic poem composed in a mix of fornyrðislag [old story meter], ljóðaháttr [song meter], málaháttr [speech meter], and some irregular or free verse. The poem is divided into 60 stanzas with some prose insertions. The oldest version of Hárbarðsljóð survives in a vellum manuscript from c. 1260-1280, Konungsbók eddukvæða (Codex Regius of Eddic Poetry; GKS 2365 4to). A fragmentary version of the poem is also found in AM 748 I a 4to, from c. 1300, that includes the final two-thirds of the Hárbarðsljóð text, from stanza …

Citation: McGillivray, Andrew. "Hárbarðsljóð". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 19 September 2022 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=40736, accessed 03 October 2022.]

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