Medieval Self-Fashioning: Rǫgnvaldr Kali Kolsson and Orkneyinga Saga

  title={Medieval Self-Fashioning: Rǫgnvaldr Kali Kolsson and Orkneyinga Saga},
  author={Em Goeres},
  • Em Goeres
  • Published 1 October 2015
  • Art
  • Scandinavica
This article investigates the process of self-fashioning depicted in the medieval Icelandic text Orkneyinga saga, the 'Saga of the Orkney Islanders'. It argues that the character of Rcgnvaldr Kali Kolsson, Earl of Orkney, is shown to fashion himself in the model of previous Scandinavian rulers as a means of asserting his right to govern, and that the relationship between poetry and prose is key to this process. Through the composition and recitation of verse, the character of Rognvaldr asserts… 



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