GAELIC WORDS AND NAHES IN THE ICELANDIC SAGAS. The story of the Scandinavian occupation of Irelaud is not only one of the most interesting episodes in the chequered history of that Island, it is also one of great import for the literature of both peoples, and suggests several questions which äs yet it is difficult to answer. It is extremely fortunate that both Irish and Icelandic historians have preserved details of the struggle, which in many cases can be dove-tailed into each other with the greatest certainty, so that the one narrative Supplements and explains the other. It is unfortunate, however, that the two literatures are not quite contemporaneous. The most stirring period of the occupation was from c. 800 to 1014 A. D., and it was a füll Century after the latter date before historical composition began in Iceland. The northern historians were thus at a great disadvantage compared with the Irish chroniclers, who both in point of place and time were so much closer to the events which they relate. For Ari and his successors the traditions were far carried, and they related to persons and places of which their knowledge must have been but slight;
Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie (ZcP) – de Gruyter
Published: Jan 1, 1897
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