By Rory McTurk
This significant survey of previous Norse-Icelandic literature and tradition includes 29 chapters written by way of major students within the box, over a 3rd of whom are Icelanders. whilst, it conveys a feeling of the mainland Scandinavian origins of the Icelandic humans, and displays the continued touch among Iceland and different nations and cultures.
The quantity highlights present debates between previous Norse-Icelandic students focusing on varied features of the topic. assurance of conventional themes is complemented via fabric on formerly overlooked parts of analysis, equivalent to the sagas of Icelandic bishops and the translated knightsвЂ™ sagas. Chapters on вЂarchaeologyвЂ™, вЂsocial institutionsвЂ™ and вЂgeography and travelвЂ™ give the opportunity to view the literature in its wider cultural context whereas chapters on вЂreceptionвЂ™ and вЂcontinuityвЂ™ display the ways that medieval Norse-Icelandic literature and tradition overflow into the trendy interval.
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Thirteenth- and Fourteenth-Century Translation and Revision During the course of the thirteenth century, translation of Latin works continued, and translators appear to have gained confidence, or perhaps simply acquired more sources, enabling them to create sagas which did not correspond to any single Latin work. By the end of the century, they had begun to experiment with styles that differed from the simple language of the first translations. One saga which illustrates both these characteristics is that of the Virgin Mary, Marı´u saga, which incorporates apocryphal gospels, Josephus’ Antiquitates Judaicae, theological commentaries and other writings, including collections of miracles.
At stake are questions of historicity, of oral tradition, of textual relations and of early accounts of Icelandic women. In the opinion of the present author, the additional material in the younger saga versions should be assumed to be interpolated unless it can be proved otherwise. Beginning with Þorla´ks saga, it has been argued by Jo´n Bo¨ðvarsson (1968) that there is reason to see Oddaverja þa´ttr as originating in the time of Bishop A´rni Þorla´ksson in the second half of the thirteenth century rather than dating from the time of Þorla´kr himself.