Beast and Man: Realism and the Occult in Egils saga

@article{Jakobsson2011BeastAM,
  title={Beast and Man: Realism and the Occult in Egils saga},
  author={{\'A}rmann Jakobsson},
  journal={Scandinavian Studies},
  year={2011},
  volume={83},
  pages={29 - 44}
}
AS A TROLL The sagas of Icelanders are frequently referred to as realistic narratives. (1) Despite this reference, their narrative realism or indeed any sort of textual realism is not easy to pin down, not least when it concerns a past narrative whose vocabulary remains interpretively obscure and often lacking a correlation with the modern language. Opinions of what is real may vary a great deal; thus realism must boil down to an uneasy contract between a text and its audience where die… 
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