New PDF release: A History of Icelandic Literature (Histories of Scandinavian

By Daisy Neijmann

ISBN-10: 0803233469

ISBN-13: 9780803233461

A historical past of Icelandic Literature presents a whole evaluation of the literature of Iceland, from the country's payment within the 9th century till the current day, together with chapters on lesser-known components akin to 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 essentially the most impressive literary treasures of the center a long time, really sagas and Eddic poetry. those medieval works have encouraged poets and writers around the centuries, who in flip have encouraged the Icelandic humans through the country’s lengthy background of hardships and as much as its extra prosperous current. This quantity extends wisdom of Icelandic literature outdoor the rustic and encourages its inclusion in comparative stories of literatures throughout nationwide and linguistic obstacles. (20071001)

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The poem is full of ancient lore, and individual stanzas have the same kind of suggestive power as is found in other archaic Eddic lays. More epic in scope than the lays of the Codex Regius, ‘‘Hlö®skvi®a’’ describes a battle between two nations, the Goths and the Huns, in which thousands are killed, but the basic conflict is interpreted in ethical and personal, not political, terms. It is seen as stemming from the individual pride of the leaders of each army, and, because these leaders are half brothers, the poem conveys a powerful sense of tragedy.

Scholars agree that, while ‘‘Ragnarsdrápa’’ is most likely very old, it is doubtful that the Ragnar addressed there is, in fact, Ragnar Lo®brók. Several other early Danish or Swedish kings, along with their skalds, are mentioned in Skáldatal, but no other poetry has been preserved that praises either Danish or Swedish kings before the Golden Age of Icelandic court poetry, about ad 1000. There is much stronger evidence for the practice of praise poetry in the skaldic style at the courts of Norwegian kings from the time of Haraldur Fairhair on.

Foremost among them are the sea god Njör®ur and his children Freyr, the god of fertility, and Freyja, the goddess of love, war, and magic. ‘‘Skírnismál’’ tells how Freyr fell in love with a giant maiden who refused both o√ers of gold and threats of violence but was at last won over by the curses and threats that magic would be used against her. At the end of the poem Freyr is impatiently awaiting his union with the maiden, which is to take place in a grove named Barri. The poem has been interpreted as a fertility myth, as a social myth dealing with the problems of exogamy, and most recently as part of a myth explaining the origin of the SwedishNorwegian dynasty.

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