The Arthur of the North: The Arthurian Legend in the Norse and Rus' Realms

The Arthur of the North: The Arthurian Legend in the Norse and Rus' Realms

By: Marianne E. Kalinke (editor)Paperback

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The Arthur of the North is the first book-length study of the Arthurian literature that was translated from French and Latin into Old Norse-Icelandic in the thirteenth century, which has been preserved mostly in Icelandic manuscripts, and which in early modern times inspired the composition of narrative poems and chapbooks in Denmark, Iceland and Norway, chiefly of the Tristan legend. The importation of Arthurian literature in the North, primarily French romances and lais, is indebted largely to the efforts of King Hakon Hakonarson (r. 1217-63) of Norway, who commissioned the translation of Thomas de Bretagne's Tristan in 1226, and subsequently several Arthurian romances by Chretien de Troyes and a number of Breton lais. The translations are unique in that the French metrical narratives were rendered in prose, the traditional form of narrative in the North. The book concludes with a chapter on Arthurian literature in the Rus' area, precisely East Slavic, with a focus on the Belarusian Tryscan. Contents 1. The Introduction of the Arthurian Legend in Scandinavia, Marianne E. Kalinke 2. Sources, Translations, Redactions, Manuscript Transmission, Marianne E. Kalinke 3. Breta soegur and Merlinusspa, Stefanie Gropper 4 The Tristan Legend, Geraldine Barnes 5. The Translated Lais, Carolyne Larrington 6 The Old Norse-Icelandic Transmission of Chretien de Troyes's Romances: Ivens saga, Erex saga, Parcevals saga with Valvens thattr, Claudia Bornholdt 7. The Old Swedish Haerra Ivan Leons riddare, William Layher 8. Arthurian Echoes in Indigenous Icelandic Sagas, Marianne E. Kalinke 9. Arthurian Ballads, rimur, Chapbooks and Folktales, M. J. Driscoll 10. Arthurian Literature in East Slavic, Susana Torres Prieto

About Author

1) undergraduate and graduate students of Old Norse literature 2) established scholars who are seeking information about the current state of research on Arthurian literature 3) students and scholars who have an interest in Arthurian narrative in Old Norse and its transmission in early modern times in Denmark, Iceland, and Norway.

Contents

1 The Introduction of the Arthurian Legend in Scandinavia Marianne E. Kalinke 2 Sources, Translations, Redactions, Manuscript Transmission Marianne E. Kalinke 3 Breta soegur and Merlinusspa Stefanie Gropper 4 The Tristan Legend Geraldine Barnes 5 The Translated Lais Carolyne Larrington 6 The Old Norse-Icelandic Transmission of Chretien de Troyes's Romances:Ivens saga, Erex saga, Parcevals saga with Valvens thattr Claudia Bornholdt 7 The Old Swedish Haerra Ivan Leons riddare William Layher 8 Arthurian Echoes in Indigenous Icelandic Sagas Marianne E. Kalinke 9 Arthurian Ballads, rimur, Chapbooks and Folktales M. J. Driscoll 10 Arthurian Literature in East Slavic Susana Torres Prieto

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781783167876
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 240
  • ID: 9781783167876
  • ISBN10: 1783167874

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