Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Eddic, Skaldic, and BeyondPoetic Variety in Medieval Iceland and Norway$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Martin Chase

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823257812

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823257812.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM FORDHAM SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.fordham.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Fordham University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in FSO for personal use.date: 20 October 2021

Devotional Poetry at the End of the Middle Ages in Iceland

Devotional Poetry at the End of the Middle Ages in Iceland

Chapter:
(p.136) Devotional Poetry at the End of the Middle Ages in Iceland
Source:
Eddic, Skaldic, and Beyond
Author(s):

Martin Chase

Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823257812.003.0010

Martin Chase draws attention to the extensive body of Icelandic devotional poetry from the period preceding and immediately following the Reformation (officially 1550 in Iceland). This body of poetry, sometimes referred to as helgikvæði or trúarkvæði, has received little scholarly attention. Jón Helgason’s monumental Íslenzk miðaldakvæði is a notable exception, but there is still much poetry that has never even been edited. The essay provides a survey of the extant texts and contextualizes them in a genre that, while having affinities with traditional skaldic poetry, the contemporary Icelandic rímur, and European (notably English) devotional poetry, has its own distinguishing characteristics. The essay makes a case for the literary merit of these poems and underlines the need for new editions and studies.

Keywords:   devotional poetry, helgikvæði, trúarkvæði, Íslenzk miðaldakvæði, rímur, skaldic poetry, Reformation, Martin Chase

Fordham Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .