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The Song Weigher

The Song Weigher

by Egill Skallagrímsson

Bilingual English / Old Norse edition

Translated and introduced by Ian Crockatt
with a Preface by Professor Roberta Frank

Part of our Arc Classic Translations series edited by Jean Boase-Beier

Egill Skallagrímsson was the most original, imaginative and technically brilliant of the Old Norse skalds, poets whose orally composed and performed verses were as much revered in ninth- to thirteenth-century Scandinavia as heroism in battle. Egill's saga details his life-story as well as those of his immediate predecessors, from whom he inherited his massive build, his early baldness (Skalla in his name means 'bald') and his exceptional ugliness. An arch enemy of Eríkr Blooðax, he was a notoriously difficult man and, as many of the poems demonstrate, was lethal when crossed. But he also made poems which show he was capable of concern for others, as well as romantic love. Physical, direct, inventive, even transformative, Egill's poetry conjures up a territory far beyond the normal scope of language, something that only the finest poets achieve.

ISBN pbk 978-1910345-91-7
ISBN hbk 978-1910345-92-4
ISBN ebk 978-1910345-93-1
152 pages
For publication August 2017

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