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Vengeance and Male Devotion in Laxdæla saga and Njáls saga

Ian Felce

in Revenge and Gender in Classical, Medieval and Renaissance Literature

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781474414098
eISBN:
9781474449502
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474414098.003.0004
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

The sagas of Icelanders are renowned for recurring acts of vengeance. What is perhaps less frequently considered is how often this impetus for vengeance is contrasted with relationships of mutual ... More


Reading Selected Sagas

Carl Phelpstead

in An Introduction to the Sagas of Icelanders

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9780813066516
eISBN:
9780813058719
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813066516.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

Chapter 4 examines a selection of the most admired and most widely studied sagas of Icelanders. It demonstrates how the source traditions discussed in chapter 2 and the thematic concerns examined in ... More


‘Why is your axe bloody?’: A Reading of Njàls Saga

William Ian Miller

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2014
ISBN:
9780198704843
eISBN:
9780191789441
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198704843.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Anglo-Saxon / Old English Literature, European Literature

Njáls saga is acknowledged as the greatest of the Icelandic sagas, and it rightly deserves acclaim as one of the great masterpieces of all time. The author’s reading reveals not only the saga’s ... More


Love and Death in the Icelandic Ballad

Paul Acker

in Eddic, Skaldic, and Beyond: Poetic Variety in Medieval Iceland and Norway

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780823257812
eISBN:
9780823261598
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823257812.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

Paul Acker discusses two Icelandic ballads in light of the medieval antecedents on which they are based, as a way of assessing the extent to which the ballads can be regarded as medieval. The ballads ... More


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