Snorri Sturluson (3144 words)


Snorri Sturluson is regarded as Iceland's most important medieval author. In Old Norse-Icelandic literary culture, where authorial anonymity was the norm among prose writers, Snorri is a rare example of an early Icelandic literary figure whose work survives and whose biography we are able to reconstruct in some detail. There is, however, very little proof of his authorship of any of the works that are conventionally attributed to him: Snorri's role in the production of literary texts in the thirteenth century is one of the most controversial topics in Old Norse-Icelandic studies.

Snorri's life is narrated in Íslendinga saga, a history of twelfth- and thirteenth- century Iceland written by his nephew Sturla Þórð…

Citation: Abram, Christopher. "Snorri Sturluson". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 09 February 2009 [, accessed 23 June 2021.]

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