Publisher : Release Date :1892 ISBN : Pages :476 pages Rating Book:4.O/5 ( users)
Download or read book The Story of the Ere-dwellers (Eyrbyggja Saga) written by Eiríkr Magnússon and published by . This book was released on 1892 with total page 476 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt:
Publisher :Walter de Gruyter Release Date :2001 ISBN :9783110169706 Pages :414 pages Rating Book:4.6/5 (169 users)
Download or read book Skaldsagas written by Russell Gilbert Poole and published by Walter de Gruyter. This book was released on 2001 with total page 414 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Eleven papers present broad discussions of a small group of sagas which chronicle the lives of Skalds, court poets, and provide a vivid and entertaining portrait of poetry, love and warfare. The contributors examine the typical features of the skald sagas, their date and authorship, the relationship between verse and prose, their composition, characterisation and their relationship with other Icelandic and European genres. The sagas discussed are Bjarnar saga, Gunnlaugs saga, Hallfredar saga and Kormaks saga .
Publisher :OUP Oxford Release Date :2005-08-11 ISBN :019153305X Pages :264 pages Rating Book:4.9/5 (191 users)
Download or read book Skaldic Verse and the Poetics of Saga Narrative written by Heather O'Donoghue and published by OUP Oxford. This book was released on 2005-08-11 with total page 264 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Skaldic Verse and the Poetics of Saga Narrative is a study of the varying relationships between verse and prose in a series of Old Norse-Icelandic saga narratives. It shows how the interplay of skaldic verse, with its metrical intricacy and cryptic diction, and saga prose, with its habitual spare clarity, can be used to achieve a wide variety of sophisticated stylistic and psychological effects. In sagas, there is a fundamental distinction between verses which are ostensibly quoted to corroborate what is stated in the narrative, and verses which are presented as the speech of characters in the saga. Corroborative verses are typical of-but not confined to-historical writings, the verses acting as a footnote to the narrative. Dialogue verses, with their illusion that saga characters break into verse at crucial points in the story, belong to the realm of fiction. This study, which focuses on historical writings such as Ágrip and Heimskringla, and three of the major family sagas, Eyrbyggja saga, Gisla saga and Grettis saga, shows that a close reading of the prosimetrum in the narrative can be used to chart the complex and delicate boundaries between history and fiction in the sagas. When skaldic stanzas are presented as the dialogue of saga characters, the characteristic naturalism of these narratives is breached. But some saga authors, as this book shows, extend still further the expressiveness of saga narrative, presenting skaldic stanzas as the soliloquies of saga characters. This technique enables the direct articulation of emotion, and hence dramatic focalization of the narrative and the creation of psychological climaxes. As an epilogue, Heather O'Donoghue considers the absence of such effects in Hrafnkels saga-a highly literary narrative without verses.
Publisher :Routledge Release Date :2021-07-30 ISBN :1000415805 Pages :206 pages Rating Book:4.0/5 ( users)
Download or read book Barbarians in the Sagas of Icelanders written by William H. Norman and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2021-07-30 with total page 206 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This book explores accounts in the Sagas of Icelanders of encounters with foreign peoples, both abroad and in Iceland, who are portrayed according to stereotypes which vary depending on their origins. Notably, inhabitants of the places identified in the sagas as Írland, Skotland and Vínland are portrayed as being less civilized than the Icelanders themselves. This book explores the ways in which the Íslendingasögur emphasize this relative barbarity through descriptions of diet, material culture, style of warfare and character. These characteristics are discussed in relation to parallel descriptions of Icelandic characters and lifestyle within the Íslendingasögur, and also in the context of a tradition in contemporary European literature, which portrayed the Icelanders themselves as barbaric. Comparisons are made with descriptions of barbarians in classical Roman texts, primarily Sallust, but also Caesar and Tacitus, showing striking similarities between Roman and Icelandic ideas about barbarians.
Publisher :Bloomsbury Publishing Release Date :2021-01-28 ISBN :1786736314 Pages :232 pages Rating Book:4.8/5 (786 users)
Download or read book Narrative in the Icelandic Family Saga written by Heather O'Donoghue and published by Bloomsbury Publishing. This book was released on 2021-01-28 with total page 232 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Representative of a unique literary genre and composed in the 13th and 14th centuries, the Icelandic Family Sagas rank among some of the world's greatest literature. Here, Heather O'Donoghue skilfully examines the notions of time and the singular textual voice of the Sagas, offering a fresh perspective on the foundational texts of Old Norse and medieval Icelandic heritage. With a conspicuous absence of giants, dragons, and fairy tale magic, these sagas reflect a real-world society in transition, grappling with major new challenges of identity and development. As this book reveals, the stance of the narrator and the role of time – from the representation of external time passing to the audience's experience of moving through a narrative – are crucial to these stories. As such, Narrative in the Icelandic Family Saga draws on modern narratological theory to explore the ways in which saga authors maintain the urgency and complexity of their material, handle the narrative and chronological line, and offer perceptive insights into saga society. In doing so, O'Donoghue presents a new poetics of family sagas and redefines the literary rhetoric of saga narratives.
Publisher :Routledge Release Date :2013-05-13 ISBN :113482145X Pages :300 pages Rating Book:4.3/5 (134 users)
Download or read book The Cold Counsel written by Sarah M. Anderson and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2013-05-13 with total page 300 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Cold Counsel is the only collection devoted to the place of women in Old Norse literature and culture. It draws upon the disciplines of history, sociology, feminism, ethnography and psychoanalysis in order to raise fresh questions about such new subjects as gender, class, sexuality, family structure and ideology in medieval Iceland.
Publisher :Museum Tusculanum Press Release Date :2013-05-15 ISBN :8763538997 Pages :229 pages Rating Book:4.6/5 (763 users)
Download or read book Dating the Sagas written by Else Mundal and published by Museum Tusculanum Press. This book was released on 2013-05-15 with total page 229 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The Icelandic genre known as the Family Sagas, Sagas of Icelanders, or Sagas about early Icelanders consists of anonymous works, and the genre, as well as the individual sagas, are therefore difficult to date. This literature is also difficult to date since sagas are stories that were transformed both during oral and scribal transmission. The authors of the present book address methodological problems and discuss the dating of individual sagas and the genre itself. Focusing their attention on an important period in the history of Icelandic literature, the authors are particularly concerned with the several new written genres which developed in Iceland in the thirteenth century, of which the Sagas about early Icelanders is regarded as the most important. The articles gathered in this volume show that the dating of the beginning of this written genre and of individual sagas belonging to it is crucial to the understanding of the development of literary history in thirteenth-century Iceland.
Else Mundal is professor of Old Norse Philology at the Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Bergen. She has published widely on Old Norse saga literature, Eddic and skaldic poetry, on Old Norse mythology, women in Old Norse society, as well as on the relationship between the oral and the written literature and the impact of Christianization on the Old Norse culture.
Publisher :Cornell University Press Release Date :2019-03-15 ISBN :1501740512 Pages :220 pages Rating Book:4.0/5 (51 users)
Download or read book The Medieval Saga written by Carol J. Clover and published by Cornell University Press. This book was released on 2019-03-15 with total page 220 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Written in the thirteenth century, the Icelandic prose sagas, chronicling the lives of kings and commoners, give a dramatic account of the first century after the settlement of Iceland—the period from about 930 to 1050. To some extent these elaborate tales are written versions of traditional sagas passed down by word of mouth. How did they become the long and polished literary works that are still read today? The evolution of the written sagas is commonly regarded as an anomalous phenomenon, distinct from contemporary developments in European literature. In this groundbreaking study, Carol J. Clover challenges this view and relates the rise of imaginative prose in Iceland directly to the rise of imaginative prose on the Continent. Analyzing the narrative structure and composition of the sagas and comparing them with other medieval works, Clover shows that the Icelandic authors, using Continental models, owe the prose form of their writings, as well as some basic narrative strategies, to Latin historiography and to French romance.
Publisher :BRILL Release Date :2020-08-03 ISBN :9004331603 Pages :417 pages Rating Book:4.0/5 (4 users)
Download or read book Landscape, Tradition and Power in Medieval Iceland written by Chris Callow and published by BRILL. This book was released on 2020-08-03 with total page 417 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: In this volume Chris Callow provides a critical reading of the evidence for changes in Iceland’s socio-political structures from its colonisation to the 1260s when leading Icelanders swore oaths of loyalty to the Norwegian king.
Publisher :Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG Release Date :2020-01-20 ISBN :3110662329 Pages :303 pages Rating Book:4.1/5 (11 users)
Download or read book Narrating Law and Laws of Narration in Medieval Scandinavia written by Roland Scheel and published by Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG. This book was released on 2020-01-20 with total page 303 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Disputes lie at the heart of the sagas. Consequently, literary texts have been treated as sources of legal practice – narrations of law – while the sagas themselves and the handling of legal matters by the figures adhere to ‘laws of narration’. The volume addresses this intricate relationship between literature and social practice from the perspective of historians as well as philologists. The contributions focus not only on disputes and their solution in saga literature, but also on the representation of law and its history in sagas and Latin historiography from Scandinavia as well as the representation of laws and norms in mythological texts. They demonstrate that narrations of law provide an indispensable insight into legal culture and its connection to a wider framework of social norms, adjusting the impression given by the laws. The philological approaches underline that the narrative texts also have an agenda of their own when it comes to their representation of law, providing a mirror of conduct, criticising inequity, reinforcing the political and juridical position of kings or negotiating norms in mythological texts. Altogether, the volume underlines the unifying force exerted by a common fiction of law beyond its letter.
Publisher :Cuthan Books Release Date :2015-10-16 ISBN :0993438938 Pages : pages Rating Book:4.9/5 (993 users)
Download or read book Blood Feud written by R. Hyslop and published by Cuthan Books. This book was released on 2015-10-16 with total page pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Iceland (984-985) Ethelwulf and his followers land in Iceland and immediately become involved in a blood-feud arising from a horse-fight. Both sides need to collect supporters for judgement before the Althing. For the newcomers that may involving challenging a witch, digging up peat or spontaneous fights. Several characters are those appearing in the Sagas dating from the Middle Ages. In the end the Wanderer & his followers go into exile – with a witch’s curse upon them. With extensive factual End-Notes Part 4 of a nine part series set in the 10th century Viking world. Here the background is a violent society with legal formalities masking violent rivalries’ This version includes a new chapter not in the printed edition (Part 1 of the 2nd volume of the printed ‘The Wanderer’).
Publisher :Cornell University Press Release Date :2006 ISBN :9780801444081 Pages :268 pages Rating Book:4.4/5 (444 users)
Download or read book The Growth of the Medieval Icelandic Sagas (1180-1280) written by Theodore Murdock Andersson and published by Cornell University Press. This book was released on 2006 with total page 268 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Andersson introduces readers to the development of the Icelandic sagas between 1180 and 1280, a crucial period that witnessed a gradual shift of emphasis from tales of adventure and personal distinction to the analysis of politics and history.
Publisher :Lulu.com Release Date :2015-11-24 ISBN :0692520163 Pages :335 pages Rating Book:4.9/5 (692 users)
Download or read book Frederic Amory in Memoriam: Old Norse-Icelandic Studies written by John Lindow and published by Lulu.com. This book was released on 2015-11-24 with total page 335 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: A collection of essays written in memory of Frederic Amory.
Publisher :Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG Release Date :2021-04-19 ISBN :3110636271 Pages :637 pages Rating Book:4.1/5 (11 users)
Download or read book Tracing the Jerusalem Code written by Kristin B. Aavitsland and published by Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG. This book was released on 2021-04-19 with total page 637 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: With the aim to write the history of Christianity in Scandinavia with Jerusalem as a lens, this book investigates the image – or rather the imagination – of Jerusalem in the religious, political, and artistic cultures of Scandinavia through most of the second millennium. Jerusalem is conceived as a code to Christian cultures in Scandinavia. The first volume is dealing with the different notions of Jerusalem in the Middle Ages. Tracing the Jerusalem Code in three volumes Volume 1: The Holy City Christian Cultures in Medieval Scandinavia (ca. 1100–1536) Volume 2: The Chosen People Christian Cultures in Early Modern Scandinavia (1536–ca. 1750) Volume 3: The Promised Land Christian Cultures in Modern Scandinavia (ca. 1750–ca. 1920)
Publisher :University of Toronto Press Release Date :2005-01-01 ISBN :9780802038234 Pages :410 pages Rating Book:4.3/5 (38 users)
Download or read book Old Norse-Icelandic Literature written by Medieval Academy of America and published by University of Toronto Press. This book was released on 2005-01-01 with total page 410 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: "In the past few decades, interest in the rich and varied literature of early Scandinavia has prompted a corresponding interest in its background: its origins, social and historical context, and relationship to other medieval literatures. Until the 1980s, however, there was a distinct lack of scholarship in English that synthesized the critical trends and thinking in the field, so in 1985 Carol J. Clover and John Lindow brought together several of the most distinguished Old Norse scholars to contribute essays for a collection that would finally provide a comprehensive guide to the major genres of Old Norse-Icelandic literature." "The contributors summarize and comment on scholarly work in the major branches of the field: eddic and skaldic poetry, family and kings' sagas, courtly writing, and mythology. Their essays, each with a full bibliography, make up this vital survey of Old Norse literature in English - a basic reference work that has stimulated much research and helped to open up the field to a wider academic readership." "This volume has become an essential text for instructors, and now, twenty years after its first appearance, it is being republished as part of the Medieval Academy Reprints for Teaching (MART) series with a new preface that discusses more recent contributions to the field."
Publisher :University of Toronto Press Release Date :1973-01-01 ISBN :9780802062192 Pages :164 pages Rating Book:4.6/5 (62 users)
Download or read book The Saga of Gisli the Outlaw written by George Johnston and published by University of Toronto Press. This book was released on 1973-01-01 with total page 164 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The Saga of Gisli was written early in the thirteenth century. It offers an imaginative reconstruction of the story of a man and his family who came to Iceland from Norway about AD 960. Soon after 960 Gisli, the central figure, was outlawed for killing his brother-in-law, and then, for thirteen years or more, he lived in hiding in remote parts of the northwest of Iceland until he was finally caught and killed by his enemies. Around this imaginative core the author has spun a web of conflicting passions - love, hare and jealousy between man and wife, brother and sister, brother-in-law - intricate emotional bonds which are here seen ironically patterned against a background of inevitable fate. Gisli, the hero, is portrayed not only as a man of strength and courage, but also a poet and dreamer, tormented in his outlawry by nightmarish visions which seem gradualy to sap his will to resist. The author's probing into the emotional depths of his characters, the superbly effective architecture of his narrative leading to the central climax, his sense of the dramatic, and his cool, compelling style all combine to make this one of the most memorable of all the Icelandic sagas.