The w o m a n who knows: Female characters of Concerning Eyrbyggja the late Einar Olafur Sveinsson wrote at the very end of the Introduction to his Islenzk Fomrit edition a passage that couples modest diffidence at finding himself not entirely in agreement with the opinions of other scholars with a determination not to shrink from putting into words the convictions that c a m e to possess him as a result of living closely with the words of the author of this saga. Quoting the Norwegian poet Hans E. Kinck he writes Po" ae sagan s& pannig fyrst og fremst 'karlamannasaga' (eins og norska ska'ldiu Kinck kemst ab orbi), pa hefur nun po fengie einn kafla m e b o6ru efni, en bab er patturinn af astum Bjarnar og Purloar. Pessar frasagnir hofou skilyroi til ab veroa romantiskar eba osiblegar eba hvorttveggja, en hvorugt hefur po oroib fra, yfir pao, sem vfsur Bjarnar, uppistaoa pattarins, gafu tilefni til. Although the saga is first and foremost a karlamannasaga, as the Norwegian poet Kinck puts it, it has nevertheless one episode with a different subject-matter--the love-story of Bjorn and frurl&r. This narrative has all the appearance of being
Parergon – Australian & New Zealand Association of Medieval & Early Modern Studies, Inc. (ANAZAMEMS, Inc.)
Published: Apr 3, 1985
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