Einarr Skâulason's Geisli

Einarr Sk - Einarr Skâulason's Geisli

A Critical Edition

eBook - 2005
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Geisli is the earliest Nordic Christian drápa (long stanzaic poem) known to exist. Written by Einarr Skúlason, the twelfth century?s premier Icelandic poet, Geisli marked a stylistic shift in Old Norse poetry brought about by Christianity and European learning. Einarr Skúlason was a priest as well as a skald, and his writing demonstrates that he was as familiar with the traditions of Latin liturgy and hagiography as with the conventions of skaldic poetry.

Geisli is a very important source for the modern scholar studying Old Norse hagiography and the history of Christianity in Iceland and Norway. This new critical edition features a version in normalized orthography, as well as a version in prose word order, a translation into English, a complete glossary, an introduction that situates the poem in its context, and substantial explanatory notes. Editor Martin Chase uses the famousFlateyjarbók manuscript as a base text, but takes into account all known manuscripts of the poem. Long needed by scholars, this new edition will be extremely valuable to anyone with an interest in Old Norse as well as medievalists in other disciplines.


Geisli is the earliest Nordic Christian drápa (long stanzaic poem) known to exist. Written by Einarr Skúlason, the twelfth century's premier Icelandic poet, Geisli marked a stylistic shift in Old Norse poetry brought about by Christianity and European learning. Einarr Skúlason was a priest as well as a skald, and his writing demonstrates that he was as familiar with the traditions of Latin liturgy and hagiography as with the conventions of skaldic poetry.

Geisli is a very important source for the modern scholar studying Old Norse hagiography and the history of Christianity in Iceland and Norway. This new critical edition features a version in normalized orthography, as well as a version in prose word order, a translation into English, a complete glossary, an introduction that situates the poem in its context, and substantial explanatory notes. Editor Martin Chase uses the famousFlateyjarbók manuscript as a base text, but takes into account all known manuscripts of the poem. Long needed by scholars, this new edition will be extremely valuable to anyone with an interest in Old Norse as well as medievalists in other disciplines.


This new critical edition features a version in normalized orthography, as well as a version in prose word order, a translation into English, a complete glossary, an introduction that situates the poem in its context, and substantial explanatory notes.



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Einarr (1090-1165) was Iceland's premier poet during the 12th century, and his Geisli is the earliest known Nordic Christian drápa, or long stanzaic poem. Martin Chase (English and Medieval studies, Fordham U.) bases his edition on the Flayeyjbók manuscript of the late 14th century, but also draws heavily on the contemporary and only other complete manuscript in Bergsbók. Footnotes on each page include a prose version (in Icelandic, or Old Norse, as is the verse), lexical variants, phonological and spelling variants, and editorial variants. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Toronto, Ont. : University of Toronto Press, Ă2005
ISBN: 9781442674325
1442674326
9780802038265
0802038220
0802038263
Characteristics: 1 online resource (viii, 249 pages)
Additional Contributors: Chase, Martin

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