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The literary reception of Old Norse myth in medieval Iceland

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This thesis addresses the incorporation of mythological patterns, characters, and motifs in selected Íslendingasögur (sagas of Icelanders) and fornaldarsögur (sagas of ancient times). Taking as its point of departure the conclusions of Margaret Clunies Ross in Prolonged Echoes, according to which Old Norse myth retained its cultural and conceptual relevance in medieval Iceland and Scandinavia even after conversion, this thesis explores the ideological implication...

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St John's College, University of Oxford

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