Sex, lies and the Íslendinga sögur

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dc.contributor Skandinavistik / Universität Tübingen de_CH Fleming, Damian de_DE 2004-02-02 de_DE 2014-03-18T09:51:41Z 2004-02-02 de_DE 2014-03-18T09:51:41Z 2002 de_DE
dc.identifier.other 109761960 de_DE
dc.identifier.uri de_DE
dc.description.abstract Past scholars used to look upon the Icelandic family sagas as ideal witnesses to pre-Christian Germanic customs and morality. The sagas were believed to contain unbiased accounts of how men conducted their lives nobly and simply before the conversion to Christianity. More recent scholarship however has argued for, and in some cases shown, direct Christian influences informing the action and stories of the sagas. In my paper, I consider the perception of lying as it is described in the family sagas within this scholarly framework. In particular I focus on the lies told in the sagas between men and women in sexual relationships. In doing so, I demonstrate that in these situations the narrators of the sagas do not condone lying, as the clearly pagan Eddic poem Hávamál does when it recommends, among other things, “Ef þú átt annan, / þannz þú illa truir/ vildu af hánom þó gott geta:/ fagrt scaltu við þann mæla,/ enn flátt hyggia/ oc gialda lausng við lygi.” (Stanza 45).” Rather in the sagas often we find condemnation of lying, especially situations involving men and women, not by the characters within the stories, but by the often hidden voice of the narrator. In particular, I examine an incident in Njáls saga where the condemnation of lying in one situation is so subtle as to have been overlooked by scholars. By this investigation, I add evidence to the argument against the idea that the morality of the sagas is free from Christian influence and suggest that close readings of saga incidents can lead to a better understanding of the moral system at work. en
dc.language.iso en de_DE
dc.publisher Universität Tübingen de_DE
dc.rights ubt-nopod de_DE
dc.rights.uri de_DE
dc.rights.uri en
dc.subject.classification Saga , Island de_DE
dc.subject.ddc 839 de_DE
dc.subject.other Icelandic family sagas , pre-Christian Germanic customs and morality en
dc.title Sex, lies and the Íslendinga sögur en
dc.type Teil einer Konferenzveröffentlichung de_DE 2004-06-11 de_DE
utue.publikation.fachbereich Sonstige - Neuphilologie de_DE
utue.publikation.fakultaet 5 Philosophische Fakultät de_DE
dcterms.DCMIType Text de_DE
utue.publikation.typ conferenceObject de_DE 1064 de_DE
utue.opus.portal sagas de_DE
utue.opus.portalzaehlung 1.10000 de_DE


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