Feud in the Icelandic Saga

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  • Paperback
  • 300 pages
  • Feud in the Icelandic Saga
  • Jesse L. Byock
  • English
  • 11 May 2018
  • 0520082591

About the Author: Jesse L. Byock

Jesse L Byock is Professor of Old Norse and Medieval Scandinavian at the University of California, Los Angeles He is the author of Feud in the Icelandic Saga 1982 Medieval Iceland 1990 , The Saga of King Kraki 1998 , and Viking Age Iceland 2001.


Feud in the Icelandic SagaFeud Stands At The Core Of The Old Icelandic Sagas Jesse Byock Shows How The Dominant Concern Of Medieval Icelandic Society The Channeling Of Violence Into Accepted Patterns Of Feud And The Regulation Of Conflict Is Reflected In The Narrative Of The Family Sagas And The Sturlunga Saga Compilation This Comprehensive Study Of Narrative Structure Demonstrates That The Sagas Are Complex Expressions Of Medieval Social Thought

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10 thoughts on “Feud in the Icelandic Saga

  1. Jim says:

    There is no author in the English speaking world with such a firm grasp on the subject of Icelandic saga and its background than UCLA Professor Jesse L Byock Feud in the Icelandic Saga is the first volume of his Icelandic trilogy, the other volumes being Medieval Iceland and Viking Age Iceland All are authoritative, informative, and well written.Feud in the Icelandic Saga is perhaps the most academic of the three, but at the same time, it is perhaps the most useful as a guide to analyzing w There is no author in the English speaking world with such a firm grasp on the subject of Icelandic saga and its background than UCLA Professor Jesse L Byock Feud in the Icelandic Saga is the first volume of his Icelandic trilogy, the other volumes being Medieval Iceland and Viking Age Iceland All are authoritative, informative, and well written.Feud in the Icelandic Saga is perhaps the most academic of the three, but at the same time, it is perhaps the most useful as a guide to analyzing what makes the individual sagas tick Particularly interesting is that Byock does not stop at the Sagas of Icelanders, but also shows examples from later developments of the genre, namely the Sturlung, Bishop s, and King s sagas as well In its essence, the sagas according to this book are divided into episodes of Conflict, Advocacy, and Resolution Sometimes, there is a single set of such episodesoften, there are complex chains of interactions sometimes leading to Resolution, sometimes breaking out into further conflict such as in Njals Saga, perhaps the greatest of them all This is a particularly useful structure for analyzing the uniqueness of Icelandic sagas, which are largely stories of feuds in the early days of settlement and how they are resolved, if they are resolved.Byock shows that some sagas are outside this scheme, either because they are about outlaws Grettir s Saga and Gisli Sursson s Saga or they are set outside of Iceland and its particular legal problems the King s Sagas such as Snorri Sturluson s Heimskringla Saga or they are about poets who areinterested in fame than issues of property Kormak s Saga or The Saga of Hallfred Troublesome Poet.Although I have read many of the sagas, this book is a keeper My only complaint is that, being published in the 1970s, it uses a somewhat outmoded system of transcription from Icelandic to English, making some saga names hard to recognize

  2. Bruce says:

    This is a work of literary criticism However, using the Icelandic Sagas the author develops an idea of what Early Icelandic society and government was like Iceland was the first trans marine from Europe and its location allowed it to develop its own governing system differing from those in Europe There were no wars with external enemies nor regional wars on the island However, there were feuds between individuals and families The Sagas provide a glimpse of the means of resolving conflicts i This is a work of literary criticism However, using the Icelandic Sagas the author develops an idea of what Early Icelandic society and government was like Iceland was the first trans marine from Europe and its location allowed it to develop its own governing system differing from those in Europe There were no wars with external enemies nor regional wars on the island However, there were feuds between individuals and families The Sagas provide a glimpse of the means of resolving conflicts in such a way as to maintain a balance of power within the society Conflicts occurred over land, material goods, honor among other things Parties to a dispute used social networks, bribes, etc to obtain allies at the annual allthing where disputes were settled It wasn t necessarily justice that was striven for but a balance in the society

  3. Kate says:

    Intriguing argument for the way that feuds, and the laws governing them, in the saga tales of Free State Iceland were indicative if not mirror reflective of the way that that society worked at the time Well written and interesting, with a lot of useful information about the time period in general.