Cormack, Margaret. Heimskringla, Egils saga, and the Daughter of Eiríkr blóðøx

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  • Author: Cormack, Margaret
  • Title: Heimskringla, Egils saga, and the Daughter of Eiríkr blóðøx
  • Published in: Alvíssmál 10
  • Place, Publisher: n/a
  • Year: 2001
  • Pages: 61-68
  • E-text: alvíssmál
  • Reference: Cormack, Margaret. "Heimskringla, Egils saga, and the Daughter of Eiríkr blóðøx." Alvíssmál 10 (2001): 61–68.

  • Key words: authorship, textual relations (rittengsl, höfundur)


Contents

Annotation

Cormack points out that, as was proved in the 19th century, there is a common source behind Egils saga and Heimskringla, and that this fact invalidates recent arguments that Egils saga is in fact younger than Heimskringla. Cormack argues that if the two works are by the same author, Egils saga is likely to have been written first. However, she reminds readers that attribution of Egils saga to Snorri is based on stylistic evidence which is not universally accepted, and that Snorri's authorship of Heimskringla itself can be questioned.

Lýsing

Cormack rifjar upp þær niðurstöður fræðimanna frá 19. öld að Egils saga og Heimskringla hafi stuðst við sameiginlega heimild. Þessi staðreynd kippi fótunum undan nýlegum kenningum þess efnis að Egils saga sé yngri en Heimskringla. Cormack fullyrðir að ef þessi tvö verk séu eftir sama höfund þá sé líklegra að Egils saga hafi verið samin fyrst. Hún minnir hins vegar á að menn hafi eignað Eglu Snorra á grundvelli stíllegs samanburðar og að ekki séu allir sammála um þær forsendur sem þar er gengið út frá. Auk þess sé hægt að efast um að Snorri hafi samið Heimskringlu.

See also

Cormack, Margaret. "Heimskringla, Egils saga, and the daughter of Eiríkr Blóðöx." Sagas and the Norwegian Experience: Sagaene og Noreg, pp. 139-48. Internajonale sagakonferanse / 10th International Saga Conference. Trondheim, 3.-9. August 1997. Trondheim: Senter for middelalderstudier, 1997.

References

Chapter 61: gifti hann Ragnhildi dóttur sína: "While I can imagine the author of Egils saga or the Separate Saga of St. Óláfr revising his earlier ideas as he worked out the chronology of Haraldr gráfeldr’s life and placing Ragnhildr’s marriage as late as possible, I cannot imagine the author of Heimskringla jettisoning his carefully worked-out chronology for a simplifi ed one that made the age problem even worse. In any case, Egils saga’s account of Eiríkr’s movements agrees not with Heimskringla but with the Separate Saga of St. Óláfr, which scholars agree preceded Heimskringla." (p. 66).

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  • Written by: Margaret Cormack
  • Icelandic translation: Jón Karl Helgason
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