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The Skalds: A Selection of Their Poems with an introduction and notes by Lee Hollander (translator). Ann Arbor. 1968. University of Michigan Press. 216 pages.  paperback. Cover design by Quentin Fiore.  Translated from the Icelandic by Lee Hollander.

 

 

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   From Old Norse antiquity has come down to us the large body of the skalds—or court poets of Norway and Iceland—composed to feat of arms or an act of generosity by their lords. The skalds were usually witty and ingenious young gentlemen of noble birth, who often composed their verses extemporaneously. Many such verses were preserved in the great sagas. Lee M. Hollander has here translated many of these colorful but complicated poems and has provided an excellent understanding of the vivid personalities, important historical events, religious mythology, and folklore of the period. Chapters are devoted to the life and works of more than a dozen of the greatest skalds. This book will be of great interest to students of comparative literature as well as to the general reader.

Hollander Lee

 

 

Lee M. Hollander, professor of Germanic languages at the University of Texas, is the author of a Bibliography of Skaldic Studies and has edited the Poetic Edda and Snorri Sturluson’s Heimskringla.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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