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Fjölsvinnsmál

[Fjölsvinnr’s sayings] is a mythological eddic poem composed in

ljóðaháttr

[song meter]. The poem is divided into 50 stanzas.

Fjölsvinnsmál

is associated with

Grógaldr

[Gróa’s chant] in terms of content and transmission: In

Grógaldr

a story begins that concludes in

Fjölsvinnsmál

and the two poems appear alongside one another in at least 46 manuscripts (Larrington). The close association has resulted in the two poems occasionally being considered as the single poem

Svipdagsmál

[Svipdagr’s sayings].

Fjölsvinnsmál

, like

Grógaldr

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

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Citation: McGillivray, Andrew. "Fjölsvinnsmál". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 08 July 2024 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=41644, accessed 25 July 2024.]

41644 Fjölsvinnsmál 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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