Ljósvetninga saga / Saga degli abitanti di Ljósavatn

  • Ruben Gavilli,

This volume offers the first Italian translation of Ljósvetninga saga, composed in the thirteenth century, belonging to the genre of íslendigasögur, the “sagas of the Icelanders”. The volume contextualizes the work in the Medieval Icelandic literature’s framework and offers an overlook at philological issues, such as, for example, the relationship between the existing manuscripts and the genesis of the saga. In addition, the volume also provides a literary analysis of the style, characters and text, based on some of the recent academic studies. The Ljósvetninga saga tells the story of the continuous struggles between two families in Northern Iceland for supremacy over the territory: through the extensive references to legal practices, it remains a precious example of medieval Icelandic culture.

  • Keywords:
  • Old Norse,
  • Iceland,
  • Saga,
  • Guðmundr,
  • Íslendigasögur,
  • Ljósavatn,
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Ruben Gavilli

University of Milan, Italy

Ruben Gavilli graduated in Scandinavian Literature at the State University of Milan in 2021, with a thesis on the travels to the East in Norse literature. Among his interests are Germanic philology and Medieval Nordic Studies in particular.
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  15. Tirosh, Yoav. 2014. “*The Fabulous Saga of Guðmundr inn ríki. Representation of Sexuality in Ljósvetninga saga.” Unpublished MA-thesis. University of Iceland.
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  17. Véstinn Ólason. 1973. “Concentration of Power in 13th Century Iceland and its Ref lection in Some Íslendigasögur.” In Fornsögurnar og íslenskt miðaldaþjóðfélag / The Sagas and Society. Alþjóðlegt fornsagnaþing / The Second International Saga Conference, Reykjavík 2-8 ágúst 1973, ed. by Jónas Kristjánsson, 2 vols., 1-16. Reykjavík: University of Iceland.
  • Publication Year: 2022
  • Pages: 170
  • eISBN: 978-88-5518-569-1
  • Content License: CC BY 4.0
  • © 2022 Author(s)

  • Publication Year: 2022
  • eISBN: 978-88-5518-582-0
  • Content License: CC BY 4.0
  • © 2022 Author(s)

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