Ármann Jakobsson: Skarphéðinn speaks: Existential Irony in the Middle Ages
Conscious thinking about irony and its importance can be discerned in medieval
Icelandic literature and yet this has not been much discussed. In this study, the dialogue
of the character Skarphéðinn Njálsson is analysed and it is proposed that the
irony discernible in his discourse reflects existential irony, a feature significant for
the creation of Skarphéðinn’s character and also for the wider meaning of the saga.
Keywords: Irony, saga dialogue, character analysis, existential irony