Eysteinn Ásgrímsson, Lilja

Ármann Jakobsson (University of Iceland)
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Lilja

is an Icelandic fourteenth century Christian poem in skaldic metre, consisting of a hundred verses, often attributed to the poet Eysteinn Ásgrímsson (d. 1361). The poem is cosmological and historical, with the creation of man, the Passion of the Christ and his later resurrection as the central theme. It was much emulated and influential in the fifteenth century.

A single medieval manuscript of Lilja is extant, Bergsbók in Stockholm (Holm. perg no. 1 fol.), which is dated to the earlier part of the fifteenth century. All 100 verses of the poem are preserved in it and the manuscript is most often used for modern editions, among them the edition by Chase (2007). Chase uses other manuscripts in his edition, such as the two surviving leaves from AM 720 a VIII 4to, dated to the

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Citation: Jakobsson, Ármann. "Lilja". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 May 2023 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=40997, accessed 28 May 2024.]

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