Einarr Skúlason's Geisli: A Critical Edition

By Martin Chase

© 2005

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 famous Flateyjarbók 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.

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  • Series: Toronto Old Norse-Icelandic Series (TONIS)
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  • Page Count: 300 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.8in x 9.0in
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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.

Einarr Skúlason's Geisli: A Critical Edition

By Martin Chase

© 2005

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 famous Flateyjarbók 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.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: Toronto Old Norse-Icelandic Series (TONIS)
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 300 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.8in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    ‘This critical edition of Einarr Skúlason’s Geisli is a fine piece of scholarship. Martin Chase is breaking much new ground here and makes a considerable contribution to the field. A sophisticated and beautifully written work and a pleasure to read.’


    Kirsten Wolf, Department of Scandinavian Studies, University of Wisconsin – Madison

    ‘Martin Chase’s presentation of Geisli is concise, methodical, and very readable. Einarr Skúlason was an excellent poet and wonderfully fluent stylist and Geisli is among the few examples of skaldic poetry to survive complete. With scholarship on medieval religious and mystical texts flourishing as it is, this much-needed new edition is timely as never before.’


    Russell Poole, Department of English, University of Western Ontario
  • Author Information

    Martin Chase is a professor in the Department of English and the Center for Medieval Studies at Fordham University.

  • Table of contents

    Introduction
    Manuscripts of Geisli
    Editions of Geisli
    Author and Date
    Sources and Analogues
    The Poetics of Geisli
    Appreciation
    Headnotes to the Text
    Geisli
    Commentary
    Glossary
    Abbreviations and Short Titles
    Notes
    Bibliography
    Index