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…
Citation: McGillivray, Andrew. "Hymiskviða". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 07 July 2023 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=41002, accessed 28 September 2023.]