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

Michael Riber Jørgensen

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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 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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