Snorri Sturluson, Egils saga

Torfi Tulinius (University of Iceland)
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Egils saga

is an Icelandic saga belonging to the saga sub-genre


or Sagas of Icelanders. It was composed before the middle of the thirteenth century and is preserved in manuscript fragments from the thirteenth century and more fully in manuscripts from the fourteenth and seventeenth centuries, the last being copies of now lost older manuscripts. Its most complete medieval manuscript is Möðruvallabók, AM 132 fol., a large vellum manuscript from the middle of the fourteenth century. None of the manuscripts that have come down to us contain the complete saga, but they complement each other to a large extent (Einarsson, 2003, ix-xi). Despite differences between the major manuscripts, mainly in the way they incorporate poetry ascribed to the main character, the saga is…

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Citation: Tulinius, Torfi. "Egils saga". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 03 February 2023 [, accessed 15 June 2024.]

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