Tulinius, Torfi H.. Inheritance, ideology, and literature: HERVARAR SAGA OK HEIÐREKS

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Title: Inheritance, ideology, and literature: HERVARAR SAGA OK HEIÐREKS

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. 147-160 p.

By line: Torfi H. Tulinius

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

Culture: Early Icelanders (EQ02)

Subjects: Acculturation and culture contact (177); Sociocultural trends (178); Inheritance (428); Verbal arts (5310); Classes (565); Legal norms (671);

Abstract: The aim of this article is to present a detailed analysis of the Icelandic saga 'Hervarar saga ok Heiðreks' and to show how a close scrutiny of it can bring to light its relationship to historical changes taking place in Iceland at the time of its composition (i.e., in the thirteenth century). The author's major objective in this work is to show '...that a literary artifact, even a highly fictional narrative such as this 'fornaldarsaga', can provide valuable information about thirteenth-century Iceland and to demonstrate that, with the appropiate methodological tools, a representative of this category of saga literature can be shown to be just as good a source of knowledge about the period of composition as the family sagas, sagas of contemporaries and even historical chronicles' (p. 148).

Document Number: 17

Document ID: eq02-017

Document Type: Essay

Language: English

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

Field Date: no date

Evaluation: Educator-4

Analyst: John Beierle ; 2002

Coverage Date: ninth-thirteenth centuries

Coverage Place: general Iceland

LCSH: Icelanders

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