from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A medieval Scandinavian poet, especially one writing in the Viking age.

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  • n. a Nordic poet of the Viking Age

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See 5th scald.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as scald.
  • n. See scald.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Old Norse skāld; see sekw-3 in Indo-European roots.

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From Old Norse skald.


  • This led to problems since Durand is really a rather clueless young man and needed the infodumps almost as badly as the reader – so Keck introduces Heremund the Skald a skald is a medieval Scandinavian bard or minstrel – I had to look it up.

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  • Which was the sort of issue that led me to 'skald'....

    Archaic terminology in historical fiction

  • Tradition maintains that a band of these rovers discovered America centuries before Columbus.] [Footnote 2: A skald was a Norse poet who celebrated in song the deeds of warriors.] [Footnote 3: A saga is an ancient Scandinavian legend or tradition, relating mythical or historical events.] "Take heed, that in thy verse

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  • I'm discovering that I like Danilaw a lot -- he's got the ability to extemporize political speeches like a trained skald and he's also pretty funny.

    don't expect your good heart to save your neck

  • Aelfhere seems to be a scop, called skald, in this story, singing the tale of Beowulf for his grandson.

    Saving Beowulf

  • He flicked an ear but reared up again, striking relentlessly at the skald.

    Raven Speak

  • From the other side of the byre she watched in queasy horror as the dun horse savaged the skald.

    Raven Speak

  • The skald managed to twist out of the way and take a few running steps, but Rune chased after him, his teeth clacking like iron on iron.

    Raven Speak

  • In a deepened voice the skald meted out the familiar words with restraint, skillfully creating a sense of mystery once again.

    Raven Speak

  • With that resolve in mind, she set her jaw and, giving the skald her iciest glare, moved past him.

    Raven Speak


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  • "A pagan skald chants a dark saga (a Mahabharata), as a papal cabal blackballs all annals and tracts, all dramas and psalms: Kant and Kafka, Marx and Marat."

    Eunoia by Christian Bök (upgraded edition), p 12

    May 20, 2010