By Rory McTurk
This significant survey of previous Norse-Icelandic literature and tradition demonstrates the awesome continuity of Icelandic language and tradition from medieval to trendy occasions.
- Comprises 29 chapters written by way of best students within the box
- Reflects present debates between previous Norse-Icelandic students
- Pays awareness to formerly ignored parts of analysis, similar to the sagas of Icelandic bishops and the delusion sagas
- Looks on the methods previous Norse-Icelandic literature is utilized by smooth writers, artists and picture administrators, either inside of and out of doors Scandinavia
- Sets previous Norse-Icelandic language and literature in its wider cultural context
Chapter 1 Archaeology of economic climate 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 kin Sagas (pages 101–118): Vesteinn Olason
Chapter 7 Geography and go back and forth (pages 119–135): Judith Jesch
Chapter eight historic historical past: 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 past due 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 fable and faith (pages 302–319): Peter Orton
Chapter 18 The Post?Medieval Reception of previous Norse and outdated Icelandic Literature (pages 320–337): Andrew Wawn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 elegance (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 historical past (Sturlunga saga): Texts and study (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 ladies in previous Norse Poetry and Sagas (pages 518–535): Judy Quinn
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In none of these sagas (any more than in other Icelandic literature) is much said about the childhood of the protagonists, although brief anecdotes about their youth may highlight some aspect of an individual’s character or prefigure his or her future life. The sagas treated in this chapter vary considerably in length, from five pages in a modern edition to lengthy narratives that fill many vellum folios. Not taken into account are brief anecdotes and exempla found in collections featuring short narratives about various saints.
New Approaches to Medieval Iceland. Ve´steinsson, Orri, Einarsson, A´rni and Sigurgeirsson, Magnu´s A´. ’ Current Issues in Nordic Archaeology: Proceedings of the 21st Conference of Nordic Archaeologists, September 6th–9th 2001, Akureyri. Reykjavı´k. Ve´steinsson, Orri, McGovern, Thomas H. ’ Archaeologia islandica 2, 98–136. ) distinguished between sagas about Scandinavian royalty, Icelandic bishops and continental saints. Since the nineteenth century, the former have been published and discussed in groupings appropriate to the status of the protagonist, as sagas of ‘kings’ and ‘bishops’ respectively.
Vernacular reading material for these feasts, and for the feasts of saints to whom churches were dedicated, would have been needed. 5 Sagas about saints who are not prominent in the liturgy or as church patrons also exist. The most striking example is Pla´cidus saga, the earliest manuscripts of which date from the second half of the twelfth century. In addition, a dra´pa (see chapter 3) was composed about Placidus around 1200. Although no churches were dedicated to him, and observing his feast was not obligatory for the lay population, St Eustace (the name given Placidus on his conversion) is entered in most extant Icelandic calendars, 30 Margaret Cormack and would therefore have been known to the clergy.
A Companion to Old Norse-Icelandic Literature and Culture by Rory McTurk