Monday, January 12, 2015

Sagas of Iceland

Literary  Legend: Snorri Sturluson

There have been writers and poets throughout history whose works have influenced others well beyond the time of their creation. One such example: the Sagas of Iceland by poet, writer, and historian Snorri Sturluson.  

What are the Sagas of Iceland?
This part of literary history - Saga-Age - is also referred to as the family sagas of Iceland during the 10th and 11th centuries and was known as the height of Icelandic literature. Snorri Sturluson is one of the few saga authors whose works can clearly be attributed to him. For example,  Egils Sag is believed to have been written by him because the story involves a hero who is related to Sturluson. However, it has never been completely proven if Sturluson is the credible author of this work.
Other Writings
Sturluson is not just known for his Sagas of Iceland. He is also an author of Heimskringla, which is a history of Norwegian Kings through medieval Scandinavian history. It is the style of this book that helped to tie Sturluson to the Eglis Saga’s similar style. 
Other Contributions to Culture
As a historian and elected member of the Icelandic Parliament, Sturluson was also recognized for his hypothesis about mythological gods. It was his theory that the gods were originally human war leaders who rose from their funeral sites. People called upon to go to battle eventually were no longer viewed as mortals, but as diving beings. His idea also included the notion that when tribes conquered others they would give the gods the credit for their victory.

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