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Pálsson, Heimir
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Pálsson, H. (2018). Nordens latin. Scripta Islandica: Isländska Sällskapets Årsbok, 69, 141-148
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Nordens latin
2018 (Swedish)In: Scripta Islandica: Isländska Sällskapets Årsbok, ISSN 0582-3234, E-ISSN 2001-9416, Vol. 69, p. 141-148Article in journal (Other academic) Published
National Category
Specific Languages
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-371478 (URN)
Available from: 2018-12-29 Created: 2018-12-29 Last updated: 2019-04-26Bibliographically approved
Pálsson, H. (2017). Reflections on the Creation of Snorri Sturluson’s Prose Edda. Scripta Islandica: Isländska Sällskapets Årsbok, 68, 189-232
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Reflections on the Creation of Snorri Sturluson’s Prose Edda
2017 (English)In: Scripta Islandica: Isländska Sällskapets Årsbok, ISSN 0582-3234, E-ISSN 2001-9416, Vol. 68, p. 189-232Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Since Elias Wessén’s facsimile edition of the Codex Regius of the Younger Edda (1940) most scholars have agreed (if a little hesitantly) with his theory that the Prose Edda was composed back to front, and that Háttatal was the first part to be written. This theory has also played an important role in the dating of Edda. The present article begins by investigating the arguments that lay behind Wessén’s conclusions and finds them to be very weak. On the basis of the discussion conducted here of the potential connection and lack of connection that exists between Hátta­tal, Skáld­skapar­mál, Gylfaginning and the Prologue, the conclusion is that as several Ice­landic scholars have earlier hinted, it is neces­sary for future scholars to carry out more research into the various parts of the Edda as individual works rather than as a whole. As is shown, there is good reason for postulating that the corpus of tales that lies behind Gylfaginning was probably essentially gathered during Snorri’s years in Oddi (1180–1198) and that this might also apply to the corpus of stanzas and lists of ken­nings that form the lion’s share of Skáldskaparmál, even if the final touches to these didactic works was written later, perhaps during Snorri’s years in Reykjaholt (after 1206 and before the visit to Norway in 1218). This might explain why earlier efforts to find a single archetype for the Edda as a whole have hitherto been more or less in vain: The likelihood is that for Edda as a whole there was not just one archetype but it is more a question of three works which were later assembled into one, along with a Prologue which may have previously accompanied a version of Gylfa­ginning.

There is little question that the poet who wrote Háttatal in 1222–25 had already attained training in composing verse that provided him with a detailed knowledge of the poetic language, kennings and heiti. However, with regard to the potential connection between Háttatal and the rest of the Edda, it needs to be borne in mind that there was actually very little need to explain the poetic language used in the poem. On the contrary: anyone trained in listening to skaldic poetry could most likely have understood almost all of the roughly 230 kennings in the poem, very few of which actually build upon tales told in Skáldskaparmál and Gylfaginning.

It seems likely that Snorri’s main innovation for the cultural history of Iceland with the various parts of the Edda was his organisation of the extant heathen mythol­ogy and the materials that had been used to train poets over the centuries. In short, his skill here was more that of an editor more than of a creative author. Indeed, this is reflected in in the DG 11 4to manuscript in Uppsala, which states that he ‘setti saman’, or compiled existing knowledge about the heathen gods and the traditional poetry.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Isländska sällskapet, 2017
Keywords
Edda composition, dating of Prose-Edda, Gylfaginning, Skáld­skapar­mál, Háttatal, Prologue, textbooks
National Category
Languages and Literature
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-336112 (URN)
Available from: 2017-12-20 Created: 2017-12-20 Last updated: 2017-12-20
Pálsson, H. (2016). DG 3 in memoriam. Scripta Islandica: Isländska Sällskapets Årsbok, 67, 65-101
Open this publication in new window or tab >>DG 3 in memoriam
2016 (Swedish)In: Scripta Islandica: Isländska Sällskapets Årsbok, ISSN 0582-3234, E-ISSN 2001-9416, Vol. 67, p. 65-101Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The manuscript DG 3 in Uppsala was destroyed in the town-fire 1702. In the present study, the author tries to find out what the manuscript contained, as far as it can be concluded on basis of Jonas Rugman’s translation in Norlands Chrönika 1677. The present author opposes the common belief that Rugman used the Norwegian (Danish) translation made by Peder Claussøn and published by Ole Worm 1633. On the contrary, the author argues that Rugman did not know of the existence of this translation. If he indeed knew about it, he chose not to use it. The short pieces of Sverris saga and the Skáldatal obviously following Claussøn’s text, did so because the owner in Denmark, Stephan Stephanius, had copies of those pieces made from the printed version of 1633.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Isländska sällskapet, 2016
Keywords
DG 3, Heimskringla, 1600-tals norska, danska och svenska översättningar, Krönika 1670
National Category
Languages and Literature
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-310199 (URN)
Available from: 2016-12-21 Created: 2016-12-12 Last updated: 2017-11-29Bibliographically approved
Pálsson, H. (2016). Recension av Þórunn Sigurðardóttir. Heiður og huggun: Erfiljóð, harmljóð og huggunarkvæði á 17. öld. Stofnun Árna Magnússonar í íslenskum fræðum. Rit 93. Reykjavík 2015. 471 s. [Review]. Scripta Islandica: Isländska Sällskapets Årsbok, 67, 151-154
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Recension av Þórunn Sigurðardóttir. Heiður og huggun: Erfiljóð, harmljóð og huggunarkvæði á 17. öld. Stofnun Árna Magnússonar í íslenskum fræðum. Rit 93. Reykjavík 2015. 471 s.
2016 (Swedish)In: Scripta Islandica: Isländska Sällskapets Årsbok, ISSN 0582-3234, E-ISSN 2001-9416, Vol. 67, p. 151-154Article, book review (Other academic) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Isländska sällskapet, 2016
National Category
Languages and Literature
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-310203 (URN)
Available from: 2016-12-21 Created: 2016-12-12 Last updated: 2017-11-29Bibliographically approved
Pálsson, H. (2012). Om källor och källbehandling i Snorris Edda: Tankar kring berättelser om skapelsen. Scripta Islandica: Isländska Sällskapets Årsbok, 2012(63), 43-57
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Om källor och källbehandling i Snorris Edda: Tankar kring berättelser om skapelsen
2012 (Swedish)In: Scripta Islandica: Isländska Sällskapets Årsbok, ISSN 0582-3234, E-ISSN 2001-9416, Vol. 2012, no 63, p. 43-57Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The creation tales are quite different in the different parts of Snorri Sturluson’s Edda. This starts with the creation myth of Genesis, which is followed by a quotation from Vǫluspá describing Ginnungagap; from there we are taken to the cruelty of creation as described in Vafþrúðnismál, but at the end of Gylfaginning we are taken back to Vǫluspá and that seems to be the myth that Snorri himself is quoting in Háttatal. This again can be taken as an example of Snorri Sturluson’s desperate effort to compose a cosmic mythology from his rather chaotic sources.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: , 2012
Keywords
The Poetic Edda, The younger Edda, creation, sources of mythology in Snorri’s office, Edda, skapelse, källbehandling
National Category
Humanities
Research subject
Literature
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-190417 (URN)
Available from: 2013-01-08 Created: 2013-01-08 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved
Pálsson, H. (2005). Getting Rid of the Rebels: A Study in Class Struggle in Brennu-Njáls Saga. Nordistica Tartuensia, 14
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Getting Rid of the Rebels: A Study in Class Struggle in Brennu-Njáls Saga
2005 (English)In: Nordistica Tartuensia, ISSN 1406-6149, Vol. 14Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.)) Published
Abstract [en]

Genom en analys av huvudpersonernas samhälleliga status tolkas Brennu-Njáls Saga som en berättelse om självständiga bönders misslyckade revolt.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Tallinn: Pangloss, 2005
Keywords
Brennu-Njáls Saga, class struggle, farmers revolt, isländsk medeltidslitteratur
National Category
Languages and Literature
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-83578 (URN)
Available from: 2006-11-06 Created: 2006-11-06 Last updated: 2013-11-11Bibliographically approved
Pálsson, H. (2004). Några kapitel ur en oskriven bok.. Scripta Islandica: Isländska sällskapets årsbok, 55, 5-33
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Några kapitel ur en oskriven bok.
2004 (Swedish)In: Scripta Islandica: Isländska sällskapets årsbok, ISSN 0582-3234, Vol. 55, p. 5-33Article in journal (Other (popular scientific, debate etc.)) Published
Abstract [en]

Artikeln påvisar ett samband mellan August Strindbergs "Ett drömspel" och Halldór Laxness "Fria män", samt att Hallgrímur Péturssons dikt "Om dödens ovissa ankomst" kan ge nyckeln till en tolkning av romanens huvudperson.

Keywords
Haldór Laxness, August Strindberg, Hallgrímur Pétursson
National Category
General Literature Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-83572 (URN)
Available from: 2006-11-06 Created: 2006-11-06 Last updated: 2011-01-12
Pálsson, H. & Óskarsson, V. (2001). Þýðingar. In: Þórunn Blöndal & Heimir Pálsson (Ed.), Alfræði íslenskrar tungu: íslenskt margmiðlunarefni fyrir heimili og skóla. Reykjavík: Námsgagnastofnun
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Þýðingar
2001 (Icelandic)In: Alfræði íslenskrar tungu: íslenskt margmiðlunarefni fyrir heimili og skóla / [ed] Þórunn Blöndal & Heimir Pálsson, Reykjavík: Námsgagnastofnun , 2001Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Reykjavík: Námsgagnastofnun, 2001
Keywords
Icelandic, Translation
National Category
Specific Languages
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-38811 (URN)9979-0-0629-3 (ISBN)
Available from: 2008-10-17 Created: 2008-10-17 Last updated: 2018-01-11Bibliographically approved
Pálsson, H.Tertium vero datur: A study of the text of DG 11 4to.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Tertium vero datur: A study of the text of DG 11 4to
(English)Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

By comparing the epic and mythologic tales in different versions of Edda (th RTW and the U), the author comes to the conclusion that there hardly can be a question of either a shortening or a lengthening of texts, but there must be a third possibility.

Keywords
The Edda of Snorri Sturluson, Snorra-Edda
National Category
Specific Languages Specific Languages General Literature Studies
Research subject
Literature; Scandinavian Languages
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-126249 (URN)
Projects
Originalversionen av Snorri Sturlassons Edda
Available from: 2010-06-07 Created: 2010-06-07 Last updated: 2018-01-12Bibliographically approved
Pálsson, H.Versterminologin i Háttatal.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Versterminologin i Háttatal
(Swedish)Manuscript (preprint) (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Keywords
Scaldic poetry, Snorri's Edda, verse-forms, Edda, terminologi i verslära
National Category
General Literature Studies
Research subject
Literature
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-129679 (URN)
Projects
The Uppsala-Edda
Available from: 2010-08-24 Created: 2010-08-22 Last updated: 2010-08-24Bibliographically approved
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