Icelandic Poetry

Most consonants alliterate with the same consonant.

Hljs bi ek
allar helgar kindir
meiri ok minni
mgu Heimdallar.

- Vlusp



Gum rji gla fla
grur rja bji sl
hlja, frleiks hrur ar
hnji ei Lins ma flj.

- Brvallarmur



The clusters 'sp', 'sk' and 'st' are special
in that each only alliterates with itself.

Skjminn hvinur, skeinur fl
skjaldborgina rauf hann .

- Gngu-Hrlfs rmur


Stakk storar lykkju
stli bjartra mla.

- Krkuml


Spyrj-at-tu at v;
spakr ertu eigi,

- Hervararkvia



Every vowel alliterates with every other vowel!

in minn og si bi g p mitt heyra.
Kaupa vil g Kvsis dreyra!

- Jesrmur

Dvelr dlum
ds forvitin
Yggdrasils fr
aski hnigin;
lfa ttar
Iunni htu
valds eldri
yngsta barna.

- Hrafnagaldr


For this purpose 'j' is a vowel in the oldest poetry.

Allir bornir
fr Jrmunreki

- Hyndlulj