Anonymous, Kjalnesinga saga

Daniel Sävborg (University of Tartu)
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Kjalnesinga saga

is counted among the so-called “post-classical” sagas of Icelanders. It is preserved in a vellum manuscript from the later part of the fifteenth century (AM 471, 4to) and in a number of paper manuscripts from the seventeenth century. Two of these, AM 503, 4to, and AM 504, 4to, have texts which are probably close to the text in the now lost Vatnshyrna from the late fourteenth century, while AM 551 b, 4to represents a revised and expanded version. In the last two manuscripts, the saga continues with a sequel,

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In its opening section, the saga recounts the settlement of Kjalarnes, about the year 900. After some time, Búi Andriðsson, son of a Christian Irishman, appears as the main character of the saga. He is fostered by Esja, who is a

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Citation: Sävborg, Daniel. "Kjalnesinga saga". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 15 February 2024 [, accessed 19 April 2024.]

40939 Kjalnesinga saga 3 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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