Durrenberger, E. Paul, 1943-. Economic representation and narrative structure in Hœnsa-Þóris saga

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Title: Economic representation and narrative structure in Hœnsa-Þóris saga

Published in: Saga book of the Viking Society for Northern Research -- Vol. 22

Published By: Saga book of the Viking Society for Northern Research -- Vol. 22 London: Viking Society, 1988. 143-164 p.

By line: E. Paul Durrenberger, Dorothy Durrenberger, Ástráður Eysteinsson

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2004. Computer File

Culture: Early Icelanders (EQ02)

Subjects: Exchange transactions (437); External trade (439); Verbal arts (5310); Accumulation of wealth (556); Social relationships and groups (571); Districts (634); Deliberative councils (646);

Abstract: After a brief summary of the economy and social structure of the Commonwealth Period in Iceland (ca. 930-1220 A.D.), the authors present a descriptive analysis of the Icelandic family saga entitled Hœnsa-Þórir's as it reflects various cultural elements present in the society of the thirteenth century and earlier in Iceland. This particular saga '...describes a man who got rich by trading in Iceland, buying goods in one place to sell in another, and lending others wealth for interest, who accumulates merchant and usurer's capital. The presentation of the saga, the way the author tells the story to Hœnsa-Þó rir's discredit, as well as the fates of Hœnsa-Þórir and his supporters, raise questions about the place of commerce and markets in Iceland' (p. 144).

Document Number: 2

Document ID: eq02-002

Document Type: Journal Article

Language: English

Field Date: no date

Evaluation: Ethnologists, Humanist-4

Analyst: John Beierle ; 2002

Coverage Date: tenth-thirteenth centuries A.D.

Coverage Place: general Iceland

LCSH: Icelanders

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