These essays are intended as a general description of some of the principal forms of narrative literature in the Middle Ages, and as a review of some of the more interesting works in each period. It is hardly necessary to say that the conclusion is one
- (1) Dialogues in the common epic measure--Balder's Doom, Dialogues of Sigurd, Angantyr--explanations in prose, between the dialogues 112 (2) Dialogues in the gnomic or elegiac measure: (a) vituperative debates--Lokasenna, Harbarzlióð (in irregular verse), Atli and Rimgerd 112 (b) Dialogues implying action--The Wooing of Frey (Skírnismál) 114
Svipdag and Menglad (Grógaldr, Fiölsvinnsmál) 114
The Volsung dialogues 115
The Western and Northern poems compared, with respect to their scale 116
The old English poems (Beowulf, Waldere), in scale, midway between the Northern poems and Homer 117
Many of the Teutonic epic remains may look like the "short lays" of the agglutinative epic theory; but this is illusion 117
Two kinds of story in Teutonic Epic--(1) episodic, i.e. representi
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