Jón Karl Helgason. Njáls Saga as a novel
- Author: Jón Karl Helgason
- Title: Njáls saga as a Novel: Four Aspects of Rewriting
- Published in: The Garden of Crossing Paths: The Manipulation and Rewriting of Medieval Texts
- Editors: Marina Buzzoni and Massimiliano Bampi
- Place, Publisher: Cafoscarina, Venezia
- Year: 2005
- Pages: 185-92
- E-text: Academia.edu
- Reference: Jón Karl Helgason. ‘‘Njáls saga as a Novel: Four Aspects of Rewriting.‘‘ The Garden of Crossing Paths: The Manipulation and Rewriting of Medieval Texts, pp. 185-92. Eds. Marina Buzzoni, Massimiliano Bampi. Cafoscarina: Venezia 2005.
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This article looks at the 1961 rewriting of Njáls saga, Fire in the Ice by Dorothy James Roberts. The four aspects that are taken into consideration by Jón Karl Helgason are Roberts‘ sense of Icelandic history, geography, narration, and audience. Through these aspects, he gives positive criticism of Roberts‘ efforts and asserts that the reading and interpretation of any saga, whether it be translated or rewritten, is determined by the individual reader and their personal experiences.
Chapter 33: og spurði hvað kvenna hún væri : “This passage gives an idea of Roberts’ narrative control. The sentence ,Hallgerda let her eyes show a flicker of surprise,‘ for instance, carries a meaning quite different from ‚Hallgerda’s eyes showed a flicker of surprise‘ that would be closer to the traditional saga style”. (p. 190)
- Written by: Kathrin Gallagher
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