Anonymous, Guðrúnarkviða I

Daniel Sävborg (University of Tartu)
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Guðrúnarkviða I

is an Eddic poem preserved in Codex Regius nr. 2365 4to (c. 1270), where it is placed between the longer prose section titled

Frá dauða Sigurðar


Brot af Sigurðarkviðo

) and

Sigurðarkviða in skamma

. The poem is composed in


, divided into 27 stanzas of considerable irregularity regarding the number of lines (Bugge 1867). The length of the stanzas varies between 6 to 12 lines in Sophus Bugge’s edition (Bugge 1867); this irregularity is even more marked in the current standard edition (Neckel-Kuhn), where also the division of stanzas differs from Bugge. The standard name of the poem is taken from its heading in the manuscript,

Guðrúnar kviða

, without number. Nothing of the poem is preserved in other manuscripts, and it is not used in any…

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Citation: Sävborg, Daniel. "Guðrúnarkviða I". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 23 January 2024 [, accessed 14 April 2024.]

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