IMC 2013: Sessions

Session 231: Conflict, Law, and Leadership in the Icelandic Sagas, I

Monday 1 July 2013, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Katarzyna Anna Kapitan, Institute of Archaeology, University of Wrocław / School of Humanities, University of Iceland, Reykjavík
Moderator/Chair:Maciej Lubik, Instytut Historii, Uniwersytet Zielonogórski
Paper 231-aMethods of Conflict Resolution in Medieval Iceland Based on Laxdœla saga, Egils saga, and Gunnlaugs saga
(Language: English)
Katarzyna Anna Kapitan, Institute of Archaeology, University of Wrocław / School of Humanities, University of Iceland, Reykjavík
Index terms: Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Law
Paper 231-bThe Liminality of Outlawry
(Language: English)
Robert Cutrer, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto
Index terms: Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Law
Paper 231-cA Brief Typology of Armed Conflict in Egils saga
(Language: English)
K. James McMullen, School of Humanities, University of Iceland, Reykjavík
Index terms: Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Law
Abstract

The Icelandic sagas present conflict, whether legal or physical, as unavoidable within the context of the tales being related. The methods by which the characters resolve their conflicts provide insight not only into the attitudes of the saga authors and compilers, but also into the social, legal, and military realities of the times in which they occurred. This session examines the methods employed to resolve conflicts in a number of popular Íslendingasögur, as well as the societal impact and practical realities of those resolutions, be they legal, social, or military in nature.