Egil's Saga last response sheet

Egil's Saga last response sheet - other audiences (Vinland...

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Scandinavian Studies Egil’s Saga last Response Sheet Egil’s poems most of the time contain Odin, the God of wisdom. The use of Odin didn’t occur in his early poems, so the reoccurance of Odin may suggest Egil’s increasing wisdom and character throughout the story (Vinland 204-208). Einar questions Egil about his travels. In the text, the travels are explained as “outstanding deeds”. This example shows several points, one, the events that occurred during the travels are looked up to and heroic, and two, though barbaric, it illustrates the culture and tradition from which Egil and Einar came from (Vinland 216). From time to time, the narrator speaks in a 1 st person-style view. For example, the text states “Egil was away up north but expected back, so Einar waited there for three nights – it was not the custom to spend more than three nights when visiting. Here, it seems as if the narrator is clarifying to the audience who are not accustomed to the tradition. It hints that the Egil’s saga was not a “written record”, but more written for
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Unformatted text preview: other audiences (Vinland 217). Egil’s death is depicted very short in Egil’s saga. Beforehand, Egil carried his chests of silver, and is known to have thrown it into the pits below the homefield at Mosfell. This is similar to what his father did before he died. It is interesting to see that though the father-son relationship was not very positive, before they die, they both throw money out so their son couldn’t claim it (Vinland 237). Essay Questions: 1) Why does the Sagas depict death incredibly short? How did Viking’s view death? What are “outstanding deeds”? 2) Egil and Egil’s father share similar characteristics. In the end, they both throw money out, so their son’s could not claim it. Why does the narrator add such close connections from the son and father, when they aren’t even close? 3) What is the use of the short commentaries that provide the reader with cultural information? Was the saga intended for other audiences, rather than its own?...
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This note was uploaded on 03/29/2011 for the course SCANDIN 5B taught by Professor Ian during the Spring '11 term at University of California, Berkeley.

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