Literary/ Cultural Context Essay

Ármann Jakobsson (University of Iceland)
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are short episodes, mostly from the Icelandic kings’ sagas, that were published as separate narratives in the twentieth century, with the first


edition appearing in Reykjavík in 1904. Influenced by these editions, scholars began to regard these narratives as independent short stories, closely related to the sagas of Icelanders, while their connection to the kings’ sagas was mostly ignored. In the 1970s, Harris argued for a structuralist and thematic analysis of the


but met with resistance from Lönnroth (1975) who argued that the


were not a medieval saga genre. Lindow (1978) also demonstrated that the term


, meaning a short independent narrative, was not medieval but still believed in the


as a saga genre. Jakobsson (2013, 2014) has…

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Citation: Jakobsson, Ármann. "Þættir". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 16 January 2023 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/stopics.php?rec=true&UID=19678, accessed 15 June 2024.]

19678 Þættir 2 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

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