By Rory McTurk
This significant survey of outdated Norse-Icelandic literature and tradition demonstrates the extraordinary continuity of Icelandic language and tradition from medieval to trendy instances.
- Comprises 29 chapters written via major students within the box
- Reflects present debates between outdated Norse-Icelandic students
- Pays recognition to formerly overlooked parts of analysis, resembling the sagas of Icelandic bishops and the fable sagas
- Looks on the methods outdated Norse-Icelandic literature is utilized by smooth writers, artists and movie administrators, either inside and outdoors Scandinavia
- Sets outdated Norse-Icelandic language and literature in its wider cultural context
Chapter 1 Archaeology of financial system and Society (pages 7–26): Orri Vesteinsson
Chapter 2 Christian Biography (pages 27–42): Margaret Cormack
Chapter three Christian Poetry (pages 43–63): Katrina Attwood
Chapter four Continuity? The Icelandic Sagas in Post?Medieval instances (pages 64–81): Jon Karl Helgason
Chapter five Eddic Poetry (pages 82–100): Terry Gunnell
Chapter 6 kinfolk Sagas (pages 101–118): Vesteinn Olason
Chapter 7 Geography and trip (pages 119–135): Judith Jesch
Chapter eight old heritage: Iceland 870–1400 (pages 136–154): Helgi Porlaksson
Chapter nine Historiography and Pseudo?History (pages 155–172): Stefanie Wurth
Chapter 10 Language (pages 173–189): Michael Barnes
Chapter eleven overdue Prose Fiction (lygisogur) (pages 190–204): Matthew Driscoll
Chapter 12 overdue Secular Poetry (pages 205–222): Shaun Hughes
Chapter thirteen legislation (pages 223–244): Gudmund Sandvik and Jon Vi?ar Sigur?sson
Chapter 14 Manuscripts and Palaeography (pages 245–264): Gu?var?ur Mar Gunnlaugsson
Chapter 15 Metre and Metric (pages 265–284): Russell Poole
Chapter sixteen Orality and Literacy within the Sagas of Icelanders (pages 285–301): Gisli Sigur?sson
Chapter 17 Pagan delusion and faith (pages 302–319): Peter Orton
Chapter 18 The Post?Medieval Reception of outdated Norse and outdated Icelandic Literature (pages 320–337): Andrew Wawn
Chapter 19 Prose of Christian guideline (pages 338–353): Svanhildur Oskarsdottir
Chapter 20 Rhetoric and magnificence (pages 354–371): Porir Oskarsson
Chapter 21 Romance (Translated riddarasogur) (pages 372–387): Jurg Glauser
Chapter 22 Royal Biography (pages 388–402): Armann Jakobsson
Chapter 23 Runes (pages 403–426): Patrik Larsson
Chapter 24 Sagas of up to date background (Sturlunga saga): Texts and learn (pages 427–446): Ulfar Bragason
Chapter 25 Sagas of Icelandic Prehistory (fornaldarsogur) (pages 447–461): Torfi H. Tulinius
Chapter 26 brief Prose Narrative (?attr) (pages 462–478): Elizabeth Ashman Rowe and Joseph Harris
Chapter 27 Skaldic Poetry (pages 479–502): Diana Whaley
Chapter 28 Social associations (pages 503–517): Gunnar Karlsson
Chapter 29 girls in outdated Norse Poetry and Sagas (pages 518–535): Judy Quinn
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Nor was Latin composition neglected. Two monks of Þingeyrar, Oddr Snorrason (writing 1170–90) and Gunnlaugr Leifsson (d. 1219), composed Latin vitae about the ´ la´fr Tryggvason, at whose instigation Christianity had been Norwegian king, O adopted in Iceland; presumably their aim was to promote O´la´fr as the country’s patron saint. In this they were unsuccessful, perhaps because the excitement over the sanctity of Þorla´kr Þo´rhallsson around 1200 threw their efforts into the shade. The ´ la´fr Tryggvason have not survived; we have only Icelandic translations of vitae of O Oddr’s work and of parts of Gunnlaugr’s.
Scholars have long conceived of Norse society as made up of a large group of property-owning farmers ruled over by not very interfering chieftains or petty kings, government being characterized more by collective institutions like assemblies and the military organization of the leidang (‘levy’). The property-owning farmers are seen not as great landowners but as owners of the land they tilled themselves. In the Icelandic context these property-owning farmers are then seen to have made up the constituency of the chieftains, who have traditionally been regarded as primi inter pares rather than despotic rulers.
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A Companion to Old Norse-Icelandic Literature and Culture by Rory McTurk