Bagge, Sverre, 1942-. From sagas to society: the case of HEIMSKRINGLA

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Title: From sagas to society: the case of HEIMSKRINGLA

Published in: From sagas to society : comparative approaches to early Iceland, edited by Gísli Pálsson

Published By: From sagas to society : comparative approaches to early Iceland, edited by Gísli Pálsson Enfield Lock, Middlesex, UK: Hisarlik Press, 1992. 61-75 p.

By line: Sverre Bagge

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

Culture: Early Icelanders (EQ02)

Subjects: Reviews and critiques (114); Verbal arts (5310); Ingroup antagonisms (578); Humanistic studies (814);

Abstract: For many years the Icelandic sagas were largely foresaken as a factual source of information on early Iceland, in favor of skaldic poetry, archaeological evidence, and written laws and diplomas representative of this period. In essence, the sagas seem to have been considered more in the light of semi-fictionalized accounts of Icelandic history by many scholars and historians. This article attempts to encourage scholars to use the sagas once more as a source of cultural data, but in a new and more fruitful way (explained in the text). Although the present study deals mainly with Snorri Sturluson's 'Heimskringla', the ideas expressed in its pages are also considered relevant to other sagas as well. 'Heimskringla' was written around 1230 A.D. and traces the Norwegian kings from their mythical origin until immediately before the emergence of Sverrir Sigurðarson, the founder of the reigning dynasty of Snorri's lifetime (p. 62).

Document Number: 12

Document ID: eq02-012

Document Type: Essay

Language: English

Note: For bibliographical references see document 10: [Gísli Pálsson].

Field Date: no date

Evaluation: Historian-4

Analyst: John Beierle ; 2002

Coverage Date: ninth-thirteenth centuries

Coverage Place: general Iceland

LCSH: Icelanders

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