Constructing History: The Use of the Past as a Model for the Present in the Icelandic Sagas
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Jørgensen, Michael Riber. 2010. «Constructing History: The Use of the Past As a Model for the Present in the Icelandic Sagas». Collegium Medievale 23 (november). Oslo, Norge. http://ojs.novus.no/index.php/CM/article/view/123.

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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 "realms of memory": 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 "key myths" 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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