Anonymous, Bárðar saga

Daniel Sävborg (University of Tartu)
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Bárðar saga Snæfellsáss

is an Icelandic saga, preserved in a number of fragmentary manuscripts from the late Middle Ages; oldest are two vellum leaves from the so-called Pseudo-Vatnshyrna (AM 564a 4to, c. 1390-1425), a sister manuscript of the lost Vatnshyrna from the second part of the fourteenth century. A full text is preserved only in the paper manuscript AM 158 fol. (c. 1650), which, however, probably contains older readings than any of the vellum fragments, and is used as the main text in printed editions (Þórhallur Vilmundarson 1991).

Bárðar saga is traditionally counted among the young, or “post-classical”, sagas of Icelanders. Bárðr, the son of the giant king Dumbr and a human woman, is fostered by the mountain king Dofri in Dofrafjǫll and marries his daughter. He

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Citation: Sävborg, Daniel. "Bárðar saga". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 05 March 2024 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=40938, accessed 15 April 2024.]

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