Drótt-kvæðr

Old Norse Dictionary - drótt-kvæðr

Meaning of Old Norse word "drótt-kvæðr" in English.

As defined by the Cleasby & Vigfusson Old Norse to English dictionary:

drótt-kvæðr
adj. (-kvæði, n.), in the heroic metre, the metre used in the drápas (q. v.) or poems which were recited before a king and the king’s men (drótt), whence the name probably comes; dróttkvæðr is opp. to kviðu-háttr, the epic, narrative metre, and ljóða-háttr, the metre of didactic poems or poems in the form of dialogues, Edda (Ht.)

Possible runic inscription in Younger Futhark:ᛏᚱᚢᛏᛏ-ᚴᚢᛅᚦᚱ
Younger Futhark runes were used from 8th to 12th centuries in Scandinavia and their overseas settlements

Abbreviations used:

adj.
adjective.
n.
neuter.
opp.
opposed.
q. v.
quod vide.
v.
vide.

Works & Authors cited:

Edda
Edda. (C. I.)
Ht.
Hátta-tal. (C. I.)
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