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

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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

Title: From sagas to society: the case of HEIMSKRINGLA

Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph From sagas to society : comparative approaches to early Iceland, edited by Gísli Pálsson

Published By: Original publisher 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: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Sverre Bagge

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2004. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Early Icelanders (EQ02)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Reviews and critiques (114); Verbal arts (5310); Ingroup antagonisms (578); Humanistic studies (814);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document 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: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 12

Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits. eq02-012

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Essay

Language: Language that the document is written in English

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

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Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data Historian-4

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. John Beierle ; 2002

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). ninth-thirteenth centuries

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) general Iceland

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Icelanders

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