Ármann Jakobsson. Egils saga and empathy

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  • Author: Ármann Jakobsson
  • Title: Egils saga and empathy: emotions and moral issues in a dysfunctional saga family
  • Published in: Scandinavian Studies 80/1
  • Year: 2008
  • Pages: 1-18
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  • Reference: Ármann Jakobsson. "Egils saga and empathy: emotions and moral issues in a dysfunctional saga family." Scandinavian Studies 80/1 (2008): 1-18.

  • Key words: Characterization (persónusköpun)


Contents

Annotation

The focus of the article is on the relationship between the two brothers, Egill and Thorolf. In particular, Ármann analyses the behaviour of Thorolf when he comes back home to Borg after his first trip to Norway. Ármann claims that earlier scholars have neglected Thorolf and seen him too much as an extension of his uncle Thorolf, partially because they have resemble each other. But while the older Thorolf is ambitious and arrogant, the younger Thorolf repeatedly makes sacrifices to take care of his brother Egill. In this respect, he resembles his father Skalla-Grim rather than his uncle Thorolf.

Lýsing

Í greininni er samband bræðranna Egils og Þórólfs tekið til skoðunar. Einkum er staðnæmst við persónu Þórólfs frá því að hann kemur heim á Borg eftir fyrstu ferð sína til Noregs. Að mati Ármanns hefur Þórólfur verið vanræktur og oft einnig misskilinn af fyrri fræðimönnum, þ.e. venja er að sjá hann sem framlengingu á föðurbróður sínum, Þórólfi eldri. Hins vegar er mikill munur á persónunum þó að þeim svipi saman í útliti og fasi. Þórólfur eldri var hrokafullur og framagjarn á meðan Þórólfur yngri fórnar sér oftar en einu sinni fyrir bróður sinn. Í raun minnir Þórólfur yngri fremur á Skalla-Grím í þessu tilliti en eldri nafna sinn.

See also

References

Chapter 40: fara utan með Þórólfi: „There is, in fact, no greater gap between his big and bright world and that constrictive black pithole, which is the life of his younger teenage brother, whom he has never really known“ (p. 10).</ref>

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  • Written by: Álfdís Þorleifsdóttir
  • English translation: Jón Karl Helgason
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