The Formation of an Old Norse Skaldic School Canon in the Early Thirteenth Century
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Wellendorf, J. (2018). The Formation of an Old Norse Skaldic School Canon in the Early Thirteenth Century. Interfaces: A Journal of Medieval European Literatures, (4), 125–143.


The academicization of the skaldic art in the twelfth century led to the production of model verses illustrating various meters and variations in the highly formalized poetic imagery, and, later, to skaldic treatises laying out the rules of the art form. In the following it will be argued that it also led to the formation of a clearly demarcated school canon of exemplary skalds. Skáldskaparmál is the text that gives us the clearest picture of the school canon of skalds that emerged in the early thirteenth century. By counting the number of times individual skalds were cited as well as the number of their lines that were cited, this article identifies the höfuðskáld (chief poets) of the school canon.

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