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The Matter Of The North: The Rise Of Literary Fiction In Thirteenth Century Iceland
This study evaluates the role of legendary sagas in the lives of Icelanders from the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. It looks at the legendary sagas from the perspective of fictional prose narrative, and sheds light on the origin and nature of other genres that arose in Iceland, especially the Icelandic family saga Islendingasaga. The author wishes to point out the ...more
Hardcover, 340 pages
Published April 30th 2002 by University Press of Southern Denmark
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In this important and highly instructive study, some much-needed literary attention is given to the rather critically-neglected medieval Icelandic "fornaldarsögur" (sagas of legendary times): the separate chapters examining theme and narrative of individual fornaldarsögur (the book covers "Hervarar Saga ok Heiðreks," "Hálfs Saga ok Hálfsrekka," "Ragnars Saga loðbrókar," "Völsunga Saga," "Örvar-Odds Saga," and "Hrólfs Saga Gautrekssonar") are extremely insightful, and themselves worth the price ...more