Dissent versus conformism in Þórðar Saga Kakala (13th-century Iceland)

Costel Coroban

“Ovidius” University of Constanța, E-mail: coroban_costel(at)yahoo.com

Abstract The aim of this article is to highlight some developments in the writing of contemporary sagas in respect to their role in strengthening and perpetuating a discourse of power aimed at establishing the 13th-century incipient Icelandic aristocracy. The source we shall focus on, Þórður Kakali Sighvatsson’s saga (Þórðar saga kakala, translated as Saga of Þórðar the Stammerer/Cackler/Chatterer), was written during the second half of the 13th century by an unknown author and includes details on the life of the protagonist from the period 1242 to 1250. It is one of the fourteen sagas in the Sturlunga collection, probably assembled around the year 1300 by Þórðr Narfason. Rezumat Scopul acestui articol este de a evidenţia anumite evoluţii în scrierea unor saga ale contemporanilor şi a rolului lor în întărirea şi perpetuarea unui discurs al puterii al cărui scop era de a fundamenta aristocraţia islandeză incipientă din secolul al 13-lea. Sursa pe care o vom folosi, Saga lui Þórður Kakali Sighvatsson (Þórðar saga kakala, al cărui titlu se traduce drept Saga lui Thord Bâlbâitul), a fost scrisă în a doua jumătate a secolului al 13-lea de către un autor necunoscut şi include detalii despre viaţa protagonistului în perioada 1242-1250. Aceasta este una din cele paisprezece saga din colecţia Sturlunga, care a fost reunită în jurul anului 1300 de către Þórðr Narfason.
Keywords: Þórður Kakali Sighvatsson, Iceland, Norway, Age of Sturlungs, King Hákon Hákonarson
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This paper has been presented at the 10th International Conference on Baltic and Nordic Studies in Romania entitled Dissent versus Conformism in the Nordic, Baltic and Black Sea Areas, “Ovidius” University of Constanţa, 6-8 June 2019.

Full text in pdf: https://balticnordic.hypotheses.org/files/2019/10/04.-Coroban.pdf

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