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Studia Medievalia Septentrionalia (SMS) Band 3

Pálsson, Hermann: Oral Tradition and Saga Writing

Studia Medievalia Septentrionalia (SMS)

Herausgegeben von Rudolf Simek

Band 3 Hermann Pálsson:
Oral Tradition and Saga Writing
Wien 1998. 144 Seiten
ISBN: 978-3-900538-64-4

"Oral Tradition and Saga Writing" deals with the cultural and intellectual background of Icelandic Saga writing. Hermann Pálsson, in this succingt study, draws a picture of the oral and wirtten meterial available to the authors of the early Íslendinga sögur, and lists both all the oral informants mentiones in early texts as well as their family ties with the heroes of the saga age and the Icelandic chieftains of the high Middle Ages. He also investigates models, and quotes numerous passages illucidating the mental processes culminating in one of world literature's most famous genres.