Anonymous, Völuspá [The Sybil’s Prophecy]

Gísli Sigurðsson (University of Iceland)
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is one of the poems of the edda, in


metre, preserved in two complete versions in medieval Icelandic manuscripts: 63 stanzas in the

Codex Regius

manuscript of the edda poems from around 1270 (“Konungsbók eddukvæða

Codex Regius

”), and 59 stanzas in


, the relevant section being dated to the middle years of the 14th century (


1892-96). In addition, 28 stanzas from


are quoted, in part or in whole, in the various manuscripts of Snorri Sturluson’s


from the early thirteenth century, the forms being very close to those in


. Much of the material of the poem is also paraphrased in the manuscripts of Snorri’s



The numbering of the stanzas varies considerably in editions of the poem – for two principal reasons. Firstly,

4608 words

Citation: Sigurðsson, Gísli. "Völuspá". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 13 October 2023 [, accessed 15 June 2024.]

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