The introduction discusses the history and implications of the genre classification and periodization of Old Norse-Icelandic poetry. The poetry has traditionally been classified as either “eddic” or “skaldic,” but some poems, including many of those discussed in this volume transgress the established boundaries and are misunderstood or ignored as a result. The poetry composed in the Viking Age (but recorded in the thirteenth century) became the classical standard of “Old Norse poetry,” and the poetry composed in the later Middle Ages has been little studied outside Iceland. The essays presented here suggest new approaches to familiar poems and drawn attention to those that have fallen through the cracks.
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