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By Daisy Neijmann

ISBN-10: 0803233469

ISBN-13: 9780803233461

A heritage of Icelandic Literature presents a whole evaluate of the literature of Iceland, from the country's payment within the 9th century till the current day, together with chapters on lesser-known components similar to drama, kid's literature, women's literature, and North American Icelandic literature. it's the first paintings to offer non-Icelandic readers a wide-ranging creation to Iceland's literature and every contributor to this quantity is a famous professional in his or her area.Despite its peripheral geographical place and small inhabitants, Iceland produced probably the most striking literary treasures of the center a while, fairly sagas and Eddic poetry. those medieval works have encouraged poets and writers around the centuries, who in flip have encouraged the Icelandic humans through the country’s lengthy heritage of hardships and as much as its extra prosperous current. This quantity extends wisdom of Icelandic literature open air the rustic and encourages its inclusion in comparative reports of literatures throughout nationwide and linguistic barriers. (20071001)

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The stanza consists of eight short lines of, alternately, three and four syllables, and enjambment across strophes is not uncommon. ªjó®ólfur’s ‘‘Ynglingatal’’ (List of the Ynglingar dynasty), supposedly from the late ninth century and tracing the genealogy of the kin of Haraldur Fairhair from the gods down through the Swedish dynasty of the Ynglingar, is the most archaic and interesting of these poems. Its descriptions of the deaths of individual kings often verge on the grotesque. ‘‘Ynglingatal’’ may not be as old as sources maintain, but attempts to date it to the twelfth century are not convincing.

One of these is the battlefield with fighting men, showers of arrows and ringing weapons, masses of corpses and animals of prey (with slight modifications, the battlefield theme can also be used for encounters at sea). Another stock setting is the prince’s banquet hall with drinking, the giving of gifts, and the reciting of poetry. These contrasting scenes have parallels in the world of the gods, where the einherjar (champions) in Odin’s retinue go out and fight every day and come back to Valhalla for feasting and drinking in the evening, rising from the dead if they have fallen in battle during the day.

This drápa—composed, according to Egils saga, in one night—devotes twenty stanzas in the end-rhymed meter runhent to a freely flowing, pleasant-sounding encomium of King Eirik Blood-ax (d. 954), who was holding Egill captive in York at the time. With a variety of simple kennings it praises Eirik in the most general of terms. For several reasons it has been suggested that the poem is a twelfth-century composition: it is absent from one of the most important manuscripts of Egils saga; its end-rhymed meter is unlikely to have been developed as early as the tenth century; and it presents some post-tenth-century linguistic traits.

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