Þórðar saga kakala is an Icelandic contemporary saga composed by an unnamed author in c. 1275. It is preserved only within a larger collection of contemporary sagas, known as Sturlunga saga, but it appears that the saga was preserved in a truncated form within the collection, and originally it followed the protagonist from birth to death.
In its extant form within the Sturlunga collection, Þórðar saga kakala covers events in Icelandic political history between 1242-1250 and 1254-1256. The focus is on the figure of Þórðr kakali Sighvatsson (c. 1210-1256) who is of the Sturlungar family. The narrative begins with the hardship of the Sturlungar f…
Citation: Jakobsson, Sverrir. "Þórðar saga kakala". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 16 January 2023 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=40963, accessed 22 September 2023.]