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Egill Skalla-Grímsson: A viking poet as a child and an old man

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The main hero of Egils saga Skalla-Grímssonar, one of the most loved and most disputed Icelandic family sagas, is not only remarkable for being a hardshell viking and an outstanding, innovative poet, presumably author of six major poems and roughly fifty single stanzas. This chapter examines two groups of free-standing stanzas ascribed to Egill by Egils saga: 1. three stanzas which Egill composed as a child, and 2. five stanzas which he composed in old age. Egill returned to Iceland for good at around fifty years of age and became an old man there. The first years after his return prove fruitful for him as a farmer, chieftain and poet.

Keywords: Egils saga Skalla-Grímssonar; old age



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