Anonymous, Hymiskviða [Hymir’s poem]

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Hymiskviða [Hymir’s poem] is a mythological eddic poem composed in fornyrðislag [old story meter]. The poem is divided into 39 stanzas. The oldest version of Hymiskviða survives in a vellum manuscript from c. 1260-1280, Konungsbók eddukvæða (Codex Regius of Eddic Poetry; GKS 2365 4to). A second version of the poem is found in AM 748 I a 4to, a vellum manuscript from c. 1300. In Konungsbók eddukvæða the poem is titled Þórr dró Miðgarðsorm [Thor catches Midgard serpent], whereas in AM 748 I a 4to the poem is titled Hymiskviða.

Hymiskviða relates the story of one of Þórr’s a…

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Citation: McGillivray, Andrew. "Hymiskviða". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 07 July 2023 [, accessed 28 September 2023.]

41002 Hymiskviða 3 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

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