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Formal similarities to Old English and Old High German poems, such as Beowulf and the Hildebrandslied, are also relevant to the history of eddic poetry. For different views on the age and origin of eddic poetry in the history of eddic research, see Harris, Chapter 2 in this Handbook.

Since the aim in dating eddic poetry is usually to determine the age of the original composition, the transmission of the poems presents a major complication.

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