Lords and Literature: The Icelandic Sagas as Political and Social Instruments

  title={Lords and Literature: The Icelandic Sagas as Political and Social Instruments},
  author={Axel Kristinsson},
  journal={Scandinavian Journal of History},
  pages={1 - 17}
Personal Memory, Family Memory, Collective Memory? The Parting Gifts in Egils saga, chapter 61
ABSTRACT: The aim of this article is to discuss the uses of memory focusing on a scene in Egils saga Skalla-Grímssonar, a long prose text written in Iceland in the first half of the thirteenth
Memory of Iron Object Rhetoric and Collective Memory in Laxdæla saga
ABSTRACT: This article proposes the term “object rhetoric” to describe the extralinguistic capacity of material things to create meaning in the human mind. This kind of rhetoric also challenges the
Digital Mapping and the Narrative Stratigraphy of Iceland
The relationship between narrative and place in Iceland (as elsewhere) is an intricate and symbiotic one that is always in process. Digital mapping tools make it possible to take steps towards
Dissent versus conformism in Þórðar Saga Kakala (13th-century Iceland)
  • Costel Coroban
  • Art
    The Romanian Journal for Baltic and Nordic Studies
  • 2019
The aim of this article is to highlight some developments in the writing of contemporary sagas in respect to their role in strengthening and perpetuating a discourse of power aimed at establishing
The Broken Body in Eleventh to Thirteenth-Century Anglo-Scandinavian Literature
  • M. Firth
  • History
    Comitatus: A Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies
  • 2019
Anglo-Scandinavian literary and legal texts give evidence of two cultures which shared similar attitudes to punitive acts of violence; whether as literary trope or legislative recourse, deliberate
Children of a One-Eyed God: Impairment in the Myth and Memory of Medieval Scandinavia
....................................................................................................................................2 DEDICATION
An Ill-Tempered Axe for an Ill-Tempered Smith TheGift of King Eiríkr blóðøx to Skallagrímr Kveldúlfsson in Egils
Current studies on, and translations of, Egils saga Skallagrímssonar approach weapons, in particular their metallurgical composition and forged details, with little reflection of recent advances in
The detective and the Sagas: Erlendur in the novels of Arnaldur Indriðason
Arnaldur Indriðason’s Erlendur novels are popular crime fiction stories set in Iceland. Detective Erlendur Sveinsson’s team deals with serious crimes, murders, and missing persons. Their cases are
Genealogy, Labour and Land: The Settlement of the Mýramenn in Egils saga
This study analyses the way in which the thirteenth-century Egils saga Skallagrimssonar presented the migration to Iceland of Egill’s father Grimr and grandfather Ulfr, and the creation of a
Re)visions of Royal Luck in the Sagas of Óláfr Tryggvason
This article examines the depictions of royal luck in three sagas of Olafr Tryggvason. In existing scholarship Old Norse concepts of luck defy clear definition, having been read variously as


The decline is not a general literary one but limited to some saga genres (such as Family sagas, Bishops' sagas and Contemporary sagas). Romances, both translated and original
    For a recent discussion on King Sverrir and his saga, see S. Bagge, From Gang Leader to the Lord's Anointed
    • Kingship in Sverris Saga and Ha Âkonar Saga Ha Âkonarsonar
    • 1996
    Fyrirlestrar og ritgerir um tõ Âmabili 1262±1550 (Reykjavõ Âk, 1958), pp. 45±55, 226±301; Bjo Èrn Sigfu Âsson, ªGamli sa Âttma Âli endursvarinn 1302º
    • Sjo Ètõ Âu ritgerir helgaar Jakobi Benediktssyni
    • 1978
    II (Reykjavõ Âk, 1933), pp. lxxxviii±xcv (Sigurur Nordal's introduction to Egils saga)
      Kulturhistorisk leksikon for nordisk middelalder
      • ªSverris sagaº
      • 1982