By Daisy Neijmann
A historical past of Icelandic Literature offers a whole assessment of the literature of Iceland, from the country's payment within the 9th century until eventually the current day, together with chapters on lesser-known components reminiscent of 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 well-known specialist 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, rather sagas and Eddic poetry. those medieval works have encouraged poets and writers around the centuries, who in flip have encouraged the Icelandic humans throughout 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 reviews of literatures throughout nationwide and linguistic limitations. (20071001)
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Through the kennings expressing this message, images of the harsh viking life at sea are evoked, and the nature of poetry as a divine gift is emphasized. As the poem continues, Hákon’s victories in battle and his struggle to uphold the cult of the Æsir are eulogized, and the kennings reveal a belief in the divine nature of kingship. Hákon is described as the representative and defender of the gods and is seen in especially close relationship to Thor. The identiﬁcation of Earl Hákon with divine powers is taken a step further by Hallfre®ur.
As preserved, the poem is a written compilation based on older oral poetry. Until recently scholars thought that in large the poem was composed in pagan Norway, but its origins are probably mixed, and the learned Christian compiler of the version that has come down to us may have been a poet in his own right. It has been maintained that the lonely wanderer who speaks reﬂects the rootlessness created by the Viking Age, but there is The Middle Ages 14 nothing about warfare in the poem, and, although there is much common wisdom of the kind also found in writings in medieval Latin, the emphasis in the poem is on practical and secular issues.
We ﬁnd Gu®rún’s egging speech again at the beginning of another related poem, ‘‘Gu®rúnarhvöt,’’ an elegy in which Gu®rún looks back on her tragic life at the hour of death. An account by the medieval historian Jordanes on the origins and deeds of the Goths and the Huns shows that a legend about the death of Ermanaric containing many of the names and events found in ‘‘Ham®ismál’’ was known by Germanic peoples as early as the sixth century. The legend is referred to in Bragi Boddason’s ‘‘Ragnarsdrápa’’ (A poetic tribute to Ragnar), and it is, therefore, likely that it was well known in Norway in the ninth century.
A History of Icelandic Literature (Histories of Scandinavian Literature) by Daisy Neijmann