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THE ROLE OF VERSES IN NORSE HISTORICAL WORKS

Heather O'Donoghue

in Skaldic Verse and the Poetics of Saga Narrative

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199267323
eISBN:
9780191708305
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199267323.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter considers the role of verses in Old Norse-Icelandic historical sagas including Ágrip, Heimskringla, Fagrskinna, Morkinskinna, and the Legendary saga of St Óláfr. It shows that while the ... More


Old Norse-Icelandic Studies

Heather O’Donoghue

in A Century of British Medieval Studies

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197263952
eISBN:
9780191734083
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197263952.003.0011
Subject:
History, British and Irish Medieval History

This chapter examines the works of British Old Norse-Icelandic scholars. It explains that from the start, British interest in Old Norse studies was closely bound up with contemporary Old ... More


Ingjald the Wicked

Bruce Lincoln

in Between History and Myth: Stories of Harald Fairhair and the Founding of the State

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780226140926
eISBN:
9780226141084
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226141084.003.0010
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

This chapter focuses on the story of Ingjald the Wicked, twenty-fourth king in the Yngling dynasty, whose oath serves as typological precedent for the one later used by Harald Fairhair when he was ... More


Reader Reflects

Bruce Lincoln

in Between History and Myth: Stories of Harald Fairhair and the Founding of the State

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780226140926
eISBN:
9780226141084
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226141084.003.0012
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

In this coda, a reader reflects on Heimskringla and the other comprehensive Kings’ Sagas, as well as their master narrative about the unified monarchic state established by Harald Fairhair as king of ... More


Introduction

Bruce Lincoln

in Between History and Myth: Stories of Harald Fairhair and the Founding of the State

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780226140926
eISBN:
9780226141084
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226141084.003.0001
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

This book explores how a state’s foundation story blurs the distinction between history and myth by focusing on the stories of Harald Fairhair, who ruled as king of a unified Norway from the ... More


Gyða

Bruce Lincoln

in Between History and Myth: Stories of Harald Fairhair and the Founding of the State

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780226140926
eISBN:
9780226141084
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226141084.003.0002
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

This chapter examines the founding of two states: the unified kingdom of Norway and the anti-monarchic commonwealth of Iceland. To comprehend the way these states described themselves in their moment ... More


Rögnvald the Powerful

Bruce Lincoln

in Between History and Myth: Stories of Harald Fairhair and the Founding of the State

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780226140926
eISBN:
9780226141084
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226141084.003.0003
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

This chapter focuses on a Heimskringla account of Harald Fairhair’s haircut just after the decisive victory at Hafrsfjörð that made him sole ruler of Norway. In the story, King Harald attended a ... More


Snorri Sturluson

Bruce Lincoln

in Between History and Myth: Stories of Harald Fairhair and the Founding of the State

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780226140926
eISBN:
9780226141084
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226141084.003.0004
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

This chapter examines Heimskringla, a collection of medieval works written about 1230–1235 and often attributed to Snorri Sturluson (1178–1241), with particular reference to its occasional ... More


Commander Guthorm

Bruce Lincoln

in Between History and Myth: Stories of Harald Fairhair and the Founding of the State

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780226140926
eISBN:
9780226141084
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226141084.003.0005
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

This chapter focuses on Heimskringla’s elaborate story of Guthorm, Harald Fairhair’s “kinsman” (frændi) and matrilineal uncle who demonstrated undying support and affection for the Norwegian king. ... More


Ragnhild

Bruce Lincoln

in Between History and Myth: Stories of Harald Fairhair and the Founding of the State

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780226140926
eISBN:
9780226141084
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226141084.003.0006
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

This chapter focuses on Ragnhild, the daughter of Sigurð Hart (Sigurð Snake-in-the-Eye) and Thyrni. Sigurð Hart is the son of Ragnar Shaggy-Breeches; both men were semi-legendary Danish kings of the ... More


Dofri the Giant

Bruce Lincoln

in Between History and Myth: Stories of Harald Fairhair and the Founding of the State

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780226140926
eISBN:
9780226141084
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226141084.003.0007
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

This chapter focuses on Dofri, a cave-dwelling giant who acts as a foster father of princes and teaches them martial and mystic arts. It considers Dofri as representative of the giants who are ... More


Hálfdan the Black

Bruce Lincoln

in Between History and Myth: Stories of Harald Fairhair and the Founding of the State

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780226140926
eISBN:
9780226141084
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226141084.003.0008
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

This chapter focuses on the story of Hálfdan the Black and how he died after a banquet held in Haðaland, citing various accounts in both Norwegian and Icelandic sources. It considers Heimskringla’s ... More


Shaggy Harald

Bruce Lincoln

in Between History and Myth: Stories of Harald Fairhair and the Founding of the State

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780226140926
eISBN:
9780226141084
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226141084.003.0009
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

This chapter examines various accounts of how Harald Fairhair became the first sole king of Norway following the death of his father, King Hálfdan. It considers sources such as Theodricus Monachus, ... More


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