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Skaldic Verse and the Poetics of Saga Narrative$
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Heather O'Donoghue

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199267323

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199267323.001.0001

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EPILOGUE: HRAFNKELS SAGA AND THE HERO WITHOUT VERSE

EPILOGUE: HRAFNKELS SAGA AND THE HERO WITHOUT VERSE

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(p.228) EPILOGUE: HRAFNKELS SAGA AND THE HERO WITHOUT VERSE
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Skaldic Verse and the Poetics of Saga Narrative
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Heather O'Donoghue (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199267323.003.0006

This epilogue shows how the hero of Hrafnkels saga, to whom no verses are attributed, is presented as an inscrutable, distant figure whose autocracy in the saga is insusceptible of explanation. With no verses to his name, Hrafnkell is a man of action rather than of reflection, and he is presented as a character who has severed his links with the past, both diagetically within the world of the saga narrative, and extra-diagetically as a part of Old Norse-Icelandic literary tradition.

Keywords:   Old Norse-Icelandic literature, Hrafnkels saga, hero

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