Anonymous, Grottasöngr

Ármann Jakobsson (University of Iceland)
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Grottasöngr

or

Gróttasöngr

is an eddic poem preserved in the Codex Regius (from the early fourteenth century) and Codex Trajectinus (from the sixteenth century) MSS of the

Snorra-Edda

. The prose text that precedes it in the

Skáldskaparmá

l is also preserved in other eddic manuscripts but not the poem itself. Vésteinn Ólason (2005) argues that the prose narrative introducing the poem is older within Snorra-Edda than the poem itself which must be a late addition in the Codex Regius scribal tradition.

Grottasöngur is one of the few eddic poems not included in the Codex Regius of the Poetic Edda and yet its inclusion in Snorra-Edda and its similarities to other eddic poetry means that it is always counted amongst the eddic poems. The kennings associated with the poem (Fenju meldr,

765 words

Citation: Jakobsson, Ármann. "Grottasöngr". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 05 April 2023 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=40984, accessed 12 June 2024.]

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