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A History of Icelandic Literature (Histories of Scandinavian - download pdf or read online

By Daisy Neijmann

ISBN-10: 0803233469

ISBN-13: 9780803233461

A heritage of Icelandic Literature offers an entire assessment of the literature of Iceland, from the country's cost within the 9th century until eventually the current day, together with chapters on lesser-known parts reminiscent of drama, kid's literature, women's literature, and North American Icelandic literature. it's the first paintings to provide non-Icelandic readers a wide-ranging creation to Iceland's literature and every contributor to this quantity is a famous professional in his or her area.Despite its peripheral geographical place and small inhabitants, Iceland produced one of the most awesome literary treasures of the center a long time, fairly sagas and Eddic poetry. those medieval works have encouraged poets and writers around the centuries, who in flip have encouraged the Icelandic humans throughout the country’s lengthy background of hardships and as much as its extra prosperous current. This quantity extends wisdom of Icelandic literature outdoors the rustic and encourages its inclusion in comparative reports of literatures throughout nationwide and linguistic barriers. (20071001)

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There are in the Legendary Sagas a number of poetic fragments that, like ‘‘Hlö®skvi®a,’’ must be older than the sagas in which they are preserved. ‘‘Bjarkamál’’ (The lay of Bjarki), which is preserved among legends about Danish kings, was translated into Latin by Saxo Grammaticus around 1200, and a few stanzas of the poem are preserved in Snorri’s Prose Edda. ‘‘Dánaró®r Hildibrands’’ (Hildibrand’s death song) in Ásmundar saga kappabana (The saga of Asmund the champion slayer) refers to persons and events described in the Old High German Hildebrandslied, and the early Legendary Sagas can, indeed, be seen as a continuation of the Germanic heroic tradition.

St. 30) Old Icelandic Poetry 25 We have fought well, we stand on Goth corpses, weary from the sword-edge like eagles on a branch; we have won great glory if we die now or yesterday, after the norns have given their verdict, no man outlasts the evening. (Poetic Edda, trans. Larrington, 242) With ‘‘Ham®ismál’’ the Codex Regius comes to an end; all heroes and heroines are dead, and one-third of the last page is blank. Although this collection forms an impressive whole that has been composed by an editor in the thirteenth century, a few poems that are not part of the collection have been discussed here in accordance with scholarly tradition.

A striking feature of the poem is its description of ladies sitting and making tapestries, a scene common in both chivalric literature and ballads. In ‘‘Gu®rúnarkvi®a’’ I, which is tightly constructed and literary in flavor, a number of women tell of their sorrows, but the climax is Gu®rún’s weeping and her final monologue, in which she laments Sigurd. The poem takes Gu®rún’s part against Brynhildur, who is portrayed as monstrous. In ‘‘Helrei® Brynhildar,’’ Brynhildur gets a chance to defend herself.

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