Prof. Clover and Njáls saga

Medievalist.net provided an article August 27th, Proving Facts in Njáls saga. It is a summary of one of the lectures Professor Carol Clover of the University of California-Berkeley gave during the Saga Conference. (Clover has a wonderful introductory article on gender and its unusual treatment in Old Norse culture as opposed to Medieval European culture, which I recommend to anyone interested in the topic.) And especially since I went to the Æthelmearc event on Njáls saga (you can still check out some of the information on the WordPress blog for the event) just last October, the lecture topic perked my interest.

The introduction didn’t give me any information I hadn’t already read about (and it is ironically about leaving out established information to an audience), but the description of how the saga author sets up the description of less concrete deaths gave me a new perspective.

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International Saga Conference

I was scrolling through my feed, when I saw the headline “Why this is the week to be in Iceland (and learn about sagas)” and I could only think of Friðríkʀ goði and his wife and how lucky they were to be over there right now. One day, I hope to get back to Iceland.