A form of Old Norse poetry distinguished by its elaborate metre, alliteration, consonance, and riddling diction. Skaldic verse flourished in the 10th cent. and on into the 11th, and much of it composed to commemorate the deeds of chieftains who ruled in Norway at this time. Such verses are preserved mainly in the kings' sagas; many ‘lausavísur’ or occasional verses, and some love poetry are included in the narratives of family sagas (see saga).
Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).