In this thesis the artistic features of the skaldic poet is analysed in order to reveal the skáld s technical skill and aesthetic features within is work. By doing so, it was attempted to give an insight of how art was perceived and what was considered important in the art of Old Norse society. In order to detect the poet s artistic skills his poetry was analysed in respect to the formal aspects, such as metre and syntax but also in respect to the poetical diction. Of particular interest was, how the poet could inject himself within his individual artistry in his work. For the analysis two complete poems, Glymdrápa and Vellekla, were taken into consideration. Further examples were drawn from selected individual stanzas of the skaldic poetry corpus. The thesis is structured into four parts. In the first part the needed background information on the formal aspects of skaldic poetry, in order to understand the poetic form and follow the discussion is given. The second part contains a brief discussion of the definition of art and aesthetics and the relation of the term art and its perception to its Old Norse context. The third part deals with the analysation of the selected poetry and finally in the fourth part the artists and their work are put into societal context. The analysis conveyed that the skálds have their own style and leave their individual fingerprints on their poetry. His skill can be devided into two categories: the successful transformation of his content to the complex metres on the one hand and the inspiration and play with the language on the other. It is the task of the poet to not just abide by the strict metre, but to employ his language and diction creatively, to put the language into context, to play with the language and create a vivid picture in the listeners mind and evoke feelings. The appreciation for art of that period can best be described as being based on schematic structures as an outer frame work in which simultaneously intricacy and obscurity is incorporated. These inner aspects can consist of puns, allusions, riddle like circumlocutions and an intricate and interwoven syntax.