Krákumál or the Lay of Kraka is a skaldic poem, consisting of a monologue in which Ragnar Lodbrok is dying in Ælla's snake pit and looks back at a life full of heroic deeds. It was composed in the 12th century, almost certainly in the Scottish islands. It is composed in a kind of háttlausa in 29 stanzas, most of them with ten lines.
In moving and forceful language, the poem deals with the joys of the life of a warrior, the hope that his death will be followed by a gory revenge, and the knowledge that he will soon know the pleasures of Valhalla.
The poem has been translated into several languages and it has contributed to the modern image of a Viking warrior.
- Waggoner, Ben (2009), The Sagas of Ragnar Lodbrok, The Troth, ISBN 978-0-578-02138-6
- Ó Corráin, Donnchadh (Mar 1979) "High-Kings, Vikings and Other Kings". Irish Historical Studies 22 No. 83 pp. 283–323. Irish Historical Studies Publications.
- Krákumál in Old Norse from «Kulturformidlingen norrøne tekster og kvad» Norway.
- Nordisk familjebok on Krákumál
- Haukur Þorgeirsson on the poem with a recording
- Krákumál Old Norse
- Another page by Haukur Þorgeirsson with a glossary
- Northvegr's edition
- Two editions back to back