Making History: Essays on the fornaldarsögur

Edited by Martin Arnold and Alison Finlay, 2010, ISBN 978 0 903521 84 0

This volume arises out of the Viking Society Student Conference held in Hull in February 2009, which addressed and contributed to the recent revival of scholarly interest in the genre of fornaldarsögur (‘legendary’ or ‘mythical-heroic’sagas). It includes essays developed from six of the papers presented there, as well as two translations: that by William Morris and Eiríkr Magnússon of the tale usually now known as Sorla þáttr, and a new translation of Ásmundar saga kappabana, interesting for its links with the Old High German Hildebrandslied. vii + 139 pp.

Rory McTurk, ‘Introduction’.
Elizabeth Ashman Rowe, ‘Sogubrot af fornkonungum: Mythologised History for Late Thirteenth-Century Iceland’.
Tom Shippey, ‘Hrólfs saga kraka and the Legend of Lejre’.
Ármann Jakobsson, ‘Enter the Dragon. Legendary Saga Courage and the Birth of the Hero’.
Carolyne Larrington, ‘Þóra and Áslaug in Ragnars saga loðbrókar. Women, Dragons and Destiny’.
Jóhanna Katrín Friðriksdóttir, ‘Hyggin ok forsjál. Wisdom and Women’s Counsel in Hrólfs saga Gautrekssonar’.
Martin Arnold, ‘Við þik sættumsk ek aldri. Orvar-Odds saga and the Meanings of Ogmundr Eyþjófsbani’.
William Morris and Eiríkr Magnússon, trans, ‘The Tale of Hogni And Hedinn’. Introduction by Carl Phelpstead
Alison Finlay, trans, ‘The Saga of Ásmundr, Killer of Champions’.

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