By Rory McTurk
This significant survey of previous Norse-Icelandic literature and tradition contains 29 chapters written via top students within the box, over a 3rd of whom are Icelanders. while, it conveys a feeling of the mainland Scandinavian origins of the Icelandic humans, and displays the continued touch among Iceland and different nations and cultures.
The quantity highlights present debates between previous Norse-Icelandic students focusing on assorted elements of the topic. insurance of conventional themes is complemented through fabric on formerly ignored parts of analysis, similar to the sagas of Icelandic bishops and the translated knightsвЂ™ sagas. Chapters on вЂarchaeologyвЂ™, вЂsocial institutionsвЂ™ and вЂgeography and travelвЂ™ give the opportunity to view the literature in its wider cultural context whereas chapters on вЂreceptionвЂ™ and вЂcontinuityвЂ™ exhibit the ways that medieval Norse-Icelandic literature and tradition overflow into the trendy interval.
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London. Shetelig, Haakon (1912) Vestlandske graver fra jernalderen. s. 1. Bergen. –31. maı´ 1997, Ra´ðstefnurit I, 147–66. ’ Saga-Book of the Viking Society XXV, 1–29. ): New Approaches to Medieval Iceland. Ve´steinsson, Orri, Einarsson, A´rni and Sigurgeirsson, Magnu´s A´. ’ Current Issues in Nordic Archaeology: Proceedings of the 21st Conference of Nordic Archaeologists, September 6th–9th 2001, Akureyri. Reykjavı´k. Ve´steinsson, Orri, McGovern, Thomas H. ’ Archaeologia islandica 2, 98–136. ) distinguished between sagas about Scandinavian royalty, Icelandic bishops and continental saints.
The Viking Age in Caithness, Orkney and the North Atlantic. Edinburgh, pp. 441–53. Byock, Jesse (2001) Viking Age Iceland. London. ’ Archaeologia islandica 2, 61–73. Friðriksson, Adolf (1994a) Sagas and Popular Antiquarianism in Icelandic Archaeology. Aldershot. ’ Skı´rnir 168, 346–76. ’ Saga 30, 7–79. ’ Unpubl. MSc dissertation, University of Bradford, Bradford. FURTHER READING Grieg, Sigurd (1947) Gjermundbufunnet: En ho¨vdingegrav fra 900-arene fra Ringerike (Norske oldfunn VIII). Oslo. Jochens, Jenny M.
It therefore makes good sense for an archaeologist to stress these changes in a Companion to Old Norse-Icelandic literature and culture. It does not follow at all from the fundamental nature of the changes undergone by Norse society in the intervening period that the sagas need to be considered fictitious. The fact of this transformation does, however, mean that any student of the sagas who wishes to use them as guides to Viking-Age society and culture must proceed with the utmost care, and consider at every turn how the differences between the time of writing and the times in which the stories are set may have affected the creation of the narrative.
A Companion to Old Norse-Icelandic Literature and Culture by Rory McTurk