The Sagas of the Icelanders

The Sagas of the Icelanders
Author: Jane Smilely
Publsiher: Penguin UK
Total Pages: 348
Release: 2005-02-24
ISBN: 0141933267
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Sagas of the Icelanders Book Excerpt:

In Iceland, the age of the Vikings is also known as the Saga Age. A unique body of medieval literature, the Sagas rank with the world’s great literary treasures – as epic as Homer, as deep in tragedy as Sophocles, as engagingly human as Shakespeare. Set around the turn of the last millennium, these stories depict with an astonishingly modern realism the lives and deeds of the Norse men and women who first settled in Iceland and of their descendants, who ventured farther west to Greenland and, ultimately, North America. Sailing as far from the archetypal heroic adventure as the long ships did from home, the Sagas are written with psychological intensity, peopled by characters with depth, and explore perennial human issues like love, hate, fate and freedom.

Barbarians in the Sagas of Icelanders

Barbarians in the Sagas of Icelanders
Author: William H. Norman
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 206
Release: 2021-07-30
ISBN: 1000415805
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Barbarians in the Sagas of Icelanders 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.

Men and Masculinities in the Sagas of Icelanders

Men and Masculinities in the Sagas of Icelanders
Author: Gareth Lloyd Evans
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2019-01-10
ISBN: 0192566857
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Men and Masculinities in the Sagas of Icelanders Book Excerpt:

This volume is the first book-length study of masculinities in the Sagas of Icelanders. Spanning the entire corpus of the Sagas of Icelanders—and taking into account a number of little-studied sagas as well as the more well-known works—it comprehensively interrogates the construction, operation, and problematization of masculinities in this genre. Men and Masculinities in the Sagas of Icelanders elucidates the dominant model of masculinity that operates in the sagas, demonstrates how masculinities and masculine characters function within these texts, and investigates the means by which the sagas, and saga characters, may subvert masculine dominance. Combining close literary analysis with insights drawn from sociological theories of hegemonic and subordinated masculinities, notions of homosociality and performative gender, and psychoanalytic frameworks, the book brings to men and masculinities in saga literature the same scrutiny traditionally brought to the study of women and femininities. Ultimately, the volume demonstrates that masculinity is not simply glorified in the sagas, but is represented as being both inherently fragile and a burden to all characters, masculine and non-masculine alike.

The Icelandic Saga

The Icelandic Saga
Author: Peter Hallberg
Publsiher: U of Nebraska Press
Total Pages: 208
Release: 1962-01-01
ISBN: 9780803250826
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Icelandic Saga Book Excerpt:

In this stimulating and reliable introduction to the Icelandic saga, Peter Hallberg correctly designates the genre as "Scandinavia's sole, collective original contribution to world literature." These prose narratives dating from the thirteenth century are characterized by a psychological realism which sets them apart from all other contemporary forms of European literature. Mr. Hallberg's emphasis is on the branch of saga literature which deals with the native heroes--with the settlement of Iceland by Norse chieftains and with the lives of these settlers and their descendants. After disposing of the controversial "free-prose" theory of the origin and transmission of these stories, the author treats such problems as style and character portrayal, dreams and destinies, values and ideals, humor and irony. Several of the major sagas are studied in some detail. The concluding discussion concerns the decline of saga writing and the role played by the Sagas in modern Scandinavian life and literature. Paul Schach's introduction and copious annotation furnish additional background material and bibliographical references to English translations of the individual sagas and to significant studies on the major problems of saga research. Although intended primarily for the layman, The Icelandic Saga is of value to the specialist since it judiciously evaluates and incorporates the revolutionary findings of the so-called "Icelandic school" of saga study.

The Edda Songs and Sagas of Iceland

The Edda Songs and Sagas of Iceland
Author: George Browning
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 45
Release: 1876
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Edda Sæmundar
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Icelanders in the Viking Age

Icelanders in the Viking Age
Author: William R. Short
Publsiher: McFarland
Total Pages: 283
Release: 2010-03-02
ISBN: 0786447273
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Icelanders in the Viking Age Book Excerpt:

The Sagas of Icelanders are enduring stories from Viking-Age Iceland filled with love and romance, battles and feuds, tragedy and comedy. Yet these tales are little read today, even by lovers of literature. The culture and history of the people depicted in the Sagas are often unfamiliar to the modern reader, though the audience for whom the tales were intended would have had an intimate understanding of the material. This text introduces the modern reader to the daily lives and material culture of the Vikings. Topics covered include Icelandic religion, social customs, the settlement of disputes, and major milestones in life of Viking-Age Icelanders. Issues of dispute among scholars, such as the nature of settlement and the division of land, are addressed in the text.

The Edda Songs and Sagas of Iceland A Lecture Delivered Before the Sunday Lecture Society on Sunday Afternoon 13th February 1876

The Edda Songs and Sagas of Iceland  A Lecture Delivered Before the Sunday Lecture Society      on Sunday Afternoon  13th February  1876
Author: George BROWNING (F.R. Hist. Soc.)
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 45
Release: 1876
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Electronic Book
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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The Cambridge Introduction to the Old Norse Icelandic Saga

The Cambridge Introduction to the Old Norse Icelandic Saga
Author: Margaret Clunies Ross
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2010-10-28
ISBN: 1139492640
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Cambridge Introduction to the Old Norse Icelandic Saga Book Excerpt:

The medieval Norse-Icelandic saga is one of the most important European vernacular literary genres of the Middle Ages. This Introduction to the saga genre outlines its origins and development, its literary character, its material existence in manuscripts and printed editions, and its changing reception from the Middle Ages to the present time. Its multiple sub-genres - including family sagas, mythical-heroic sagas and sagas of knights - are described and discussed in detail, and the world of medieval Icelanders is powerfully evoked. The first general study of the Old Norse-Icelandic saga to be written in English for some decades, the Introduction is based on up-to-date scholarship and engages with current debates in the field. With suggestions for further reading, detailed information about the Icelandic literary canon, and a map of medieval Iceland, this book is aimed at students of medieval literature and assumes no prior knowledge of Scandinavian languages.

The Complete Sagas of Icelanders Including 49 Tales

The Complete Sagas of Icelanders  Including 49 Tales
Author: Viðar Hreinsson
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 448
Release: 1997
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Old Norse literature
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Complete Sagas of Icelanders Including 49 Tales Book Excerpt:

The set contains "the first complete, coordinated English translation of The sagas of Icelanders, forty in all, together with forty-nine of the shorter Tales of Icelanders."--Preface.

The Routledge Research Companion to the Medieval Icelandic Sagas

The Routledge Research Companion to the Medieval Icelandic Sagas
Author: Ármann Jakobsson,Sverrir Jakobsson
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 364
Release: 2017-02-17
ISBN: 1317041461
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Routledge Research Companion to the Medieval Icelandic Sagas Book Excerpt:

The last fifty years have seen a significant change in the focus of saga studies, from a preoccupation with origins and development to a renewed interest in other topics, such as the nature of the sagas and their value as sources to medieval ideologies and mentalities. The Routledge Research Companion to the Medieval Icelandic Sagas presents a detailed interdisciplinary examination of saga scholarship over the last fifty years, sometimes juxtaposing it with earlier views and examining the sagas both as works of art and as source materials. This volume will be of interest to Old Norse and medieval Scandinavian scholars and accessible to medievalists in general.

The Complete Sagas of Icelanders Including 49 Tales

The Complete Sagas of Icelanders  Including 49 Tales
Author: Viðar Hreinsson,Robert Cook
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 402
Release: 1997
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Old Norse literature
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Complete Sagas of Icelanders Including 49 Tales Book Excerpt:

The set contains "the first complete, coordinated English translation of The sagas of Icelanders, forty in all, together with forty-nine of the shorter Tales of Icelanders."--Preface.

Dating the Sagas

Dating the Sagas
Author: Else Mundal
Publsiher: Museum Tusculanum Press
Total Pages: 218
Release: 2013-05-15
ISBN: 8763538997
Category: Literary Collections
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Dating the Sagas 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.

The sagas of Icelanders

The sagas of Icelanders
Author: Halldór Hermannsson
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 113
Release: 1966
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Electronic Book
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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The Complete Sagas of Icelanders Including 49 Tales

The Complete Sagas of Icelanders  Including 49 Tales
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 448
Release: 1997
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Old Norse literature
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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The Saga of the J msvikings

The Saga of the J  msvikings
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
Total Pages: 197
Release: 2018-10-08
ISBN: 3110625458
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Saga of the J msvikings Book Excerpt:

Unique among the Icelandic sagas, part-history, part-fiction, the Saga of the Jomsvikings tells of a legendary band of vikings, originally Danish, who established an island fortress of the Baltic coast, launched and ultimately lost their heroic attack on the pagan ruler of Norway in the late tenth century. The saga’s account of their stringent warrior code, fatalistic adherence to their own reckless vows and declarations of extreme courage as they face execution articulates a remarkable account of what it meant to be a viking. This translation presents the longest and earliest text of the saga, never before published in English, with a full literary and historical introduction to this remarkable work.

The Poetic Genesis of Old Icelandic Literature

The Poetic Genesis of Old Icelandic Literature
Author: Mikael Males
Publsiher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
Total Pages: 361
Release: 2019-12-16
ISBN: 3110643936
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Poetic Genesis of Old Icelandic Literature Book Excerpt:

This book assesses the importance of poetry for the Old Icelandic literary flowering of c. 1150–1350. It addresses the apparent paradox that an extremely conservative form of literature, namely skaldic poetry, was at the core of the most innovative literary and intellectual experiments in the period. The book argues that this cannot simply be explained as a result of strong local traditions, as in most previous scholarship. Thus, for instance, the author demonstrates that the mix of prose and poetry found in kings’ sagas and sagas of Icelanders is roughly contemporary to the written sagas. Similarly, he argues that treatises on poetics and mythology, including Snorri’s Edda, are new to the period, not only in their textual form, but also in their systematic mode of analysis. The book contends that what is truly new in these texts is the method of the authors, derived from Latin learning, but applied to traditional forms and motifs as encapsulated in the skaldic tradition. In this way, Christian Latin learning allowed for its perceived opposite, vernacular oral literature of pagan extraction, to reach full fruition and to largely replace the very literature which had made this process possible in the first place.

A History of Icelandic Literature

A History of Icelandic Literature
Author: Daisy L. Neijmann
Publsiher: U of Nebraska Press
Total Pages: 730
Release: 2006
ISBN: 0803233469
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A History of Icelandic Literature Book Excerpt:

As complete a history as possible of the literature of Iceland.

An Introduction to the Sagas of Icelanders

An Introduction to the Sagas of Icelanders
Author: Carl Phelpstead
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2020-08-06
ISBN: 9780813066516
Category: Electronic Book
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

An Introduction to the Sagas of Icelanders Book Excerpt:

Combining an accessible approach with innovative scholarship, An Introduction to the Sagas of Icelanders provides up-to-date perspectives on a unique medieval literary genre that has fascinated the English-speaking world for more than two centuries. Carl Phelpstead draws on historical context, contemporary theory, and close reading to deepen our understanding of Icelandic saga narratives about the island's early history. Phelpstead explores the origins and cultural setting of the genre, demonstrating the rich variety of oral and written source traditions that writers drew on to produce the sagas. He provides fresh, theoretically informed discussions of major themes such as national identity, gender and sexuality, and nature and the supernatural, relating the Old Norse-Icelandic texts to questions addressed by postcolonial studies, feminist and queer theory, and ecocriticism. He then presents readings of select individual sagas, pointing out how the genre's various source traditions and thematic concerns interact. Including an overview of the history of English translations that shows how they have been stimulated and shaped by ideas about identity, and featuring a glossary of critical terms, this book is an essential resource for students of the literary form. A volume in the series New Perspectives on Medieval Literature: Authors and Traditions, edited by R. Barton Palmer and Tison Pugh

The Weather in the Icelandic Sagas

The Weather in the Icelandic Sagas
Author: Bernadine McCreesh
Publsiher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Total Pages: 167
Release: 2019-01-15
ISBN: 1527525597
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Weather in the Icelandic Sagas Book Excerpt:

The descriptions of the weather in medieval Icelandic sagas have long been considered unimportant, mere adjuncts to the action. This is not true: the way the weather is depicted can give us an insight into the minds of medieval Icelanders. The first part of this book illustrates how the Christian world-view of authors of the twelfth to fourteenth centuries influenced their descriptions of meteorological conditions in earlier times. The second part is more literary in approach. It points out the formulaic nature of descriptions of storms, and shows how references to the weather help to structure the narrative in some sagas. It also demonstrates how medieval Icelandic attitudes to the weather affect the portrayal of the hero.

The Icelandic Sagas

The Icelandic Sagas
Author: W. A. Craigie
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 134
Release: 2011-06-02
ISBN: 1107401720
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Icelandic Sagas Book Excerpt:

A critical examination of sagas, and a consideration of the circumstances that fostered such an outpouring of literature in Iceland during the Middle Ages.