A Companion to Old Norse-Icelandic Literature and Culture by Rory McTurk

By Rory McTurk

This significant survey of outdated Norse-Icelandic literature and tradition contains 29 chapters written through major students within the box, over a 3rd of whom are Icelanders. while, it conveys a feeling of the mainland Scandinavian origins of the Icelandic humans, and displays the continued touch among Iceland and different nations and cultures.

The quantity highlights present debates between previous Norse-Icelandic students focusing on diverse points of the topic. assurance of conventional subject matters is complemented by way of fabric on formerly missed components of analysis, reminiscent of the sagas of Icelandic bishops and the translated knights’ sagas. Chapters on ‘archaeology’, ‘social institutions’ and ‘geography and travel’ give the chance to view the literature in its wider cultural context whereas chapters on ‘reception’ and ‘continuity’ show the ways that medieval Norse-Icelandic literature and tradition overflow into the trendy interval.

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And the other to a passage leading to the famous outdoor pool mentioned in thirteenth-century accounts and still to be seen at the site. It is believed that these cellars supported large timber buildings representing a completely new departure from the Viking-Age paradigm of house construction. If this was the setting of Snorri’s literary activity, it serves as a poignant reminder of the enormous changes that Norse society had undergone between the end of the Viking Age and the pinnacle of literary activity in the midthirteenth century.

Its first bishop, later to be declared a saint, was Jo´n O ˛ gmundarson, who brought teachers with him when he returned from his consecration journey. A contemporary of Jo´n’s was Sæmundr Sigfu´sson of Oddi in southern Iceland, who had also studied abroad, either in France or in Francia. A clerical education could now be obtained from these men and from those they had taught, that is, at the episcopal sees Ska´lholt and Ho´lar, as well as the farms Oddi and Haukadalur (home of the priest Teitr, son of Bishop I´sleifr).

Byock, Jesse (2001) Viking Age Iceland. London. ’ Archaeologia islandica 2, 61–73. Friðriksson, Adolf (1994a) Sagas and Popular Antiquarianism in Icelandic Archaeology. Aldershot. ’ Skı´rnir 168, 346–76. ’ Saga 30, 7–79. ’ Unpubl. MSc dissertation, University of Bradford, Bradford. FURTHER READING Grieg, Sigurd (1947) Gjermundbufunnet: En ho¨vdingegrav fra 900-arene fra Ringerike (Norske oldfunn VIII). Oslo. Jochens, Jenny M. 4, 377–92. Maurer, Konrad (1852) Die Entstehung des isla¨ndischen Staats und seiner Verfassung.

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