Discovery and Settlement.
2. The Saga.
What Is a Saga?.
Are Family Sagas Medieval Novels?.
Are Family Sagas Chronicles of Times Past?.
Three Extracts: Egils saga, Vatnsdœla saga and Laxdœla saga.
3. New Knowledge and Native Traditions.
Eddaic and Skaldic Verse.
Riddarasögur and Rímur.
4. The Politics of Old Norse-Icelandic Literature.
Iceland and Scandinavian Nationalism.
Old Norse-Icelandic as ‘Ancient Poetry’.
Bishop Percy’s Translations.
Gray’s ‘Norse Odes’.
The Romantic Viking.
Our Friends in the North.
Old Norse-Icelandic Studies in Academia.
The Debate about Saga Origins.
Why is Old Norse English Literature?.
Old Norse-Icelandic and English Medieval Literature.
5. The Influence of Old Norse-Icelandic Literature.
BlakeTolkien and Fantasy Literature.
Scott, Kingsley and Haggard.
Landor, Arnold and Morris.
Stevenson, Hardy and Galsworthy.
MacDiarmid, Mackay Brown, and Auden and MacNeice.
Heaney and Muldoon.
Appendix: Hrafnkell’s Saga.
- An introduction to the colourful world of Old Norse-Icelandic literature.
- Covers mythology and family sagas, as well as less well-known areas, such as oral story-telling, Eddaic verse and skaldic verse.
- An introduction helps readers to appreciate the language and culture of the first settlers in Iceland.
- Looks at the reception of Old-Norse-Icelandic literature over the ages, as views of the vikings have changed.
- Shows how a whole range of authors from Shakespeare to Seamus Heaney have been influenced by Old Norse-Icelandic literature.