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The Genesis of a Saga Narrative
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The Genesis of a Saga Narrative: Verse and Prose in Kormaks Saga

Heather O'Donoghue

Abstract

The origins of many of the Icelandic sagas have long been the subject of critical speculation and controversy. This book demonstrates that an investigation into the relationship between verse and prose in saga narrative can be used to reconstruct how Icelandic sagas were composed; to this end it provides a detailed analysis of the Kormáks saga, whose hero Kormákr is one of the most celebrated of Icelandic poets. Over 60 of his passionate, cryptic skaldic stanzas are quoted in the saga, and the way they and the saga prose are fitted together reveals that the Kormáks saga, far from being a seaml ... More

Keywords: Icelandic sagas, verse, prose, saga narrative, Kormáks saga, Kormákr, Icelandic poets, skaldic stanzas

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1991 Print ISBN-13: 9780198117834
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198117834.001.0001

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Heather O'Donoghue, author
Somerville College, Oxford
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