Those feet of a wench in her wimple...
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Viking love poems
posted by msalt (46 comments total)
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(not to be confused with Vogon poetry
). 200 years before medieval troubadours "created" romantic poetry, skalds such as Gunnlaug Snaketongue, Hallfred the Troublesome Poet and Kormak Ogmundarson told of their hearts' ecstasies and despairs.
Other Viking poets such as the mighty Egil Skallagrimsson (prev 1 2)
cover more predictable subjects, such as killing ("the ugly music of the spears" -- "I carved the wolf's carrion/And killed them all") and vomiting ("Many a guest's gift/Is even more gushing;/Now the ale has ended up/All over Armod"). Here's a poem he wrote at age 6
about killing a playmate with an axe after a ball game. (SMI audio file, in Old Norse
Norse poetry is simpler in language and meter; Skaldic
verse is distinguished by alliteration and kenning
, the use of riddle-like indirect allusions. Meters used.