Constructing History: The Use of the Past as a Model for the Present in the Icelandic Sagas

Michael Riber Jørgensen


The Icelandic sagas can be read and interpreted in many ways. This article examines the sagas both as literary expressions of a longstanding oral tradition and as part of a collective and cultural memory. The focus in the first part is on people and places in the sagas as ââ¬Årealms of memoryââ¬Â: things that help construct a common past and a common identity. The second part of the article explores the role of the sagas in medieval Iceland as ââ¬Åkey mythsââ¬Â that explain the origin and uniqueness of a society, and as moral and legal role models legitimizing the current social order.



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ISSN 2387-6700

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