A Scandinavian court poet or bard; like many such singer-poets he was itinerant; also like a poet laureate, he would compose poems for occasions, such as a battle. After the *Norman Conquest of 1066, a skald named Thorkill, once under the patronage of Earl Waltheof, wrote a lament in Old Norse for the lost *AS world after Waltheof's execution in 1076. Another skald named Sighvatr wrote a poem, Tegdrapa, about King Cnut. Its refrain runs 'Cnut is the foremost sovereign under heaven'. -

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  • skald — 1763, Scandinavian poet and singer of medieval times, from O.N. skald skald, poet (9c.), of unknown origin, perhaps from PIE root *sekw to say, utter. The modern word is an antiquarian revival. Usually applied to Norwegian and Icelandic poets of… …   Etymology dictionary

  • skald — [skôld, skäld] n. [ON skāld: see SCOLD] any of the ancient Scandinavian poets, specif. of the Viking period skaldic adj …   English World dictionary

  • Skald — Skald, n. See 5th {Scald}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • skald — skȃld m <N mn skȁldi> DEFINICIJA glazb. pov. pjesnik na norveškom, potom i na islandskom dvoru (9 13. st.); skaldi su tvorci skaldske poezije ETIMOLOGIJA stnord. skáld …   Hrvatski jezični portal

  • skald — skald; skald·ic; …   English syllables

  • skald- — *skald germ.: Quelle: Ortsname (1. Jh. v. Chr.); Sonstiges: Reichert, Lexikon der altgermanischen Namen 2, 1990, 607 (Scaldis) …   Germanisches Wörterbuch

  • skald|ic — «SKL dihk, SKAHL », adjective. of or having to do with the skalds or their poetry and songs. Also, scaldic …   Useful english dictionary

  • Skald — For other uses, see Skald (disambiguation). Bersi Skáldtorfuson composing poetry while in chains after being captured by King Óláfr Haraldsson. The skald was a member of a group of poets, whose courtly poetry (Icelandic: dróttkvæði) is associated …   Wikipedia

  • Skald — Die Skalden (altnordisch skáld oder skæld = „Dichter“) waren höfische Dichter im mittelalterlichen Skandinavien, vorwiegend in Norwegen. Ihre Kunst nennt sich Skaldendichtung bzw. Skaldik, eine der genuin nordischen Kunstgattungen neben Saga… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • skald — or scald II [[t]skɔld, skɑld[/t]] n. lit. an ancient Scandinavian poet • Etymology: 1755–65; < ON skāld poet skald′ic, adj. skald′ship, n …   From formal English to slang

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