A Hagiographical Reading of Egils saga

Egil

When the literary presentation of the character of Egill is examined carefully with an eye toward the hagiographical paradigm, one can see that it matches the presentation of a bishop’s life and character…

The Protocol of Vengeance in Viking-age Scandinavia

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Violence, even murder, perpetuated this cycle of revenge. This code of retribution can be broken down further into the following dimensions: the individuals involved, the appropriate actions as deemed by Viking society, and any extenuating circumstances, such as supernatural strength or the wronged party’s reluctance to seek revenge.

Egil Skallagrimsson and the Viking Ideal

Egill Skallagrímsson in a 17th century manuscript of Egils Saga

How did the Vikings want to be perceived–by other members of their own culture, and by posterity?

TROUBLESOME CHILDREN IN THE SAGAS OF ICELANDERS

Medieval Children

It must be stressed that the concept of childhood is certainly not an easy one. One is tempted to ask whether any generalisations about medieval or modern attitudes to childhood might not pose problems.

INTERVIEW: Song of the Vikings: Snorri and the Making of Norse Myths

Song of the Vikings

An interview with author Nancy Brown on her latest medieval offering: “Song of the Vikings: Snorri and the Making of Norse Myths”.

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