Anonymous, Hrólfs saga Gautrekssonar

Þórdís Edda Jóhannesdóttir (University of Iceland)
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Hrólfs saga Gautrekssonar is one of the Icelandic legendary sagas [

fornaldarsögur

]. It is preserved in two different versions, shorter and longer. The shorter seems to be slightly older judging by both preservation and comparison of the two texts. The longer version is characterised by expansions throughout the saga. The main character of the saga, King Hrólfr, is the son of King Gautrekr, the main hero of Gautreks saga. These two sagas were evidently regarded a single entity by some as they are frequently preserved together in manuscripts under one title. Both sagas were the first medieval Icelandic texts to be printed, in an edition by Olaus Verelius in Uppsala, Sweden, in 1664. Verelius was one of the Swedish scholars who showed great interest in medieval Icelandic texts that…

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Citation: Jóhannesdóttir, Þórdís Edda. "Hrólfs saga Gautrekssonar". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 13 October 2023 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=41160, accessed 15 June 2024.]

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