Anonymous, Möttuls saga [The saga of the cloak]

Ármann Jakobsson (University of Iceland)
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Möttuls saga is a Norse version of the French comedy

Le Mantel mautaillié

, likely composed just before the end of the twelfth century or the beginning of the thirteenth. It is a type of chastity trial story. The Norse version of the cloak saga (named Mǫttuls saga or Mǫttuls þáttr in manuscripts) can be traced back to the thirteenth century. The foreword of the Norse composition appears to be the work of a translator. After King Arthur has been described at length, it is related how King Hákon Hákonarson commissioned the translation. In spite of the literary topos in this text, there is no reason to doubt the request of the king. This is the basis for the dating of the translation to the early thirteenth century. Hákon Hákonarson ruled in Norway from 1217 until 1263 and it is…

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Citation: Jakobsson, Ármann. "Möttuls saga". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 31 March 2023 [, accessed 18 June 2024.]

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