I would like to know if there are any authors from the period of the rishonim or earlier who have compiled a running commentary on birkat hamazon.

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    Just about every author of a peirush on the siddur included a commentary on birkas hamazon. This includes the Ri Ben Yakar, Abudarham, and Machzor Vitri Dec 21, 2015 at 1:15
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    Also the Shibbolei Haleket 157 and Kol-Bo 25 discuss several of the phrases in birkas hamazon, commenting on them Dec 21, 2015 at 1:17

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The Abudarham has a running commentary here (in Sefaria, it starts at paragraph 46ff).

Rabbi Zedekiah ben Rabbi Avraham HaRofe wrote a short commentary in Shibbolei HaLeqeṭ 157.

Seder Rav Amram Gaon (starting at page 350 =175b of the printed page numbers) has a running commentary.

Rabbi Eleazar of Worms has a commentary in siman 147 of his commentary on the Siddur (פירושי סידור התפילה לרוקח).

You can also look at the Tur on Orach Ḥayyim simanim 187-189.

(h/t to @Matt for some of these)

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