Manuscript variation in Eyrbyggja saga

Richardson, Emma Louise (2015). Manuscript variation in Eyrbyggja saga. University of Birmingham. M.Res.

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This dissertation examines manuscript variation in Eyrbyggja saga, one of the islendingasogur (sagas of Icelanders, or family sagas) set on the Snrefellsnes peninsula in western Iceland, and telling of events in the ninth, tenth and eleventh centuries. I examine variation among the four vellum manuscripts of the saga, all of which are fragmentary, as well as one paper manuscript.

The first chapter looks at the critical history of Eyrbyggja saga, explaining why an examination of the manuscripts is necessary. The following four chapters discuss the three narrative areas where significant variations were discovered, as well as variation among verses. Chapter two considers the large amount of genealogical information we are given, particularly with reference to the most prominent character Snorri gooi 's alleged descendants, as well as some comments about characters. In chapter three, I discuss variations in the journeys depicted in Eyrbyggja saga, examining four travel-centred episodes. Chapter four considers the depiction of slavery in the manuscripts. The final chapter looks at the skaldic verse preserved within the saga, and how this can affect the audience's response. Through this examination we are able to see individual authors' perspectives on the events and characters in the stories they tell.

Type of Work: Thesis (Masters by Research > M.Res.)
Award Type: Masters by Research > M.Res.
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Arts & Law
School or Department: School of History and Cultures, Department of History
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DL Northern Europe. Scandinavia
P Language and Literature > PD Germanic languages
P Language and Literature > PT Germanic literature


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