Journey to the Antipodes. Cosmological and Mythological Themes in Alexanders Saga By David Ashurst Paper given at the 11th International Saga Conference (2000)…
Eyrbyggja saga alone, then, presents modern readers with at least three possible conceptions of the revenants nature.
The article argues that trade and hospitality were inseparable until the High Middle Ages; merchants had to visit the emporium in the role of guest in order to have the protection of the local chieftain or lord.
In this paper I discuss three ways in which the family sagas inscribed cognitive maps over Iceland: firstly, sagas explain how places received their names through the people who lived and acted there; secondly, saga narratives traversing the named landscape act to imprint it further with human meaning; and finally, Íslendingasögur refer us to physical evidence of saga action in the landscape, asserting it can ‘still be seen today’.