- one of the ancient Scandinavian poets.
Origin of skald
Examples from the Web for skald
This Audun was the skald who sang at the drinking of King Halfdan's funeral ale.Viking Tales
For Jon, who lacked much, had this gift: he had a skald's tongue.Eric Brighteyes
H. Rider Haggard
Folk declare that every skald has a drop of Kvasir's blood in him.In The Days of Giants
Abbie Farwell Brown
He is of the type of the skald, the bard, the seer, the prophet.Whitman
That he whom the skald characterises by this epithet is a god is a matter of course.Teutonic Mythology, Vol. 1 of 3
Viktor Rydberg, Ph.D.
- (in ancient Scandinavia) a bard or minstrel
Word Origin and History for skald
"Scandinavian poet and singer of medieval times," 1763, from Old Norse skald "skald, poet" (9c.), of unknown origin, perhaps from PIE root *sekw- (3) "to say, utter." The modern word is an antiquarian revival. "Usually applied to Norwegian and Icelandic poets of the Viking period and down to c 1250, but often without any clear idea as to their function and the character of their work" [OED]. Related: Scaldic.