Grógaldr

[Gróa’s chant] is a mythological eddic poem in

ljóðaháttr

[song meter]. The poem is divided into 16 stanzas.

Grógaldr

is associated with

Fjölsvinnsmál

, both in terms of content and transmission: In

Grógaldr

a story begins that concludes in

Fjölsvinnsmál

and the two poems appear together in at least 46 manuscripts (Larrington). This close association has resulted in the two poems occasionally being considered as a single poem under the title

Svipdagsmál

[Svipdagr’s sayings].

Grógaldr

, like

Fjölsvinnsmál

, is not preserved in any medieval manuscript. The oldest surviving versions are found in paper manuscripts from the seventeenth century, including Stockh. papp. 8vo nr. 15, an Icelandic manuscript from the second half of the seventeenth century, and AM 738 4to,…

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Citation: McGillivray, Andrew. "Grógaldur". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 July 2024 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=41263, accessed 25 July 2024.]

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