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Ritið 1/13 - 2013

Úlfar Bragason: Arons saga: Memory, Myths and Motives

Arons saga is a contemporary saga written in the first half of the fourteenth century. It was not included in the Sturlunga compilation of contemporary sagas but preserved separately. Arons saga is a biography of one of the renowned heroes of 13th-century Iceland, an eager supporter of Guðmundr the Bishop of Hólar in the bishop’s controversies with the Icelandic chieftains, not least the Sturlungs. Finally Aron was outlawed from Iceland. The story of Aron was of interest to many. He is mentioned in Íslendinga saga by Sturla Þórðarson, and Sturla’s brother, Ólafr hvítaskáld, composed a laudatory poem in his memory. A certain Þormóðr Ólafsson composed probably two poems about Aron. Aron is also mentioned in the Saga of Guðmundr Arason. The paper discusses the relationship between the different sources of Aron’s life and the saga’s background in myth and memory by taking into consideration recent theoretical approaches relevant to the material.

Keywords: contemporary saga, historical narrative, memory, myth, motif, Arons saga

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