Hawkers, beggars, assassins and tramps : Fringe characters in the Íslendinga sögur

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dc.contributor Skandinavistik / Universität Tübingen de_CH
dc.contributor.author Cochrane, Jamie de_DE
dc.date.accessioned 2004-02-02 de_DE
dc.date.accessioned 2014-03-18T09:51:42Z
dc.date.available 2004-02-02 de_DE
dc.date.available 2014-03-18T09:51:42Z
dc.date.issued 2002 de_DE
dc.identifier.other 109762037 de_DE
dc.identifier.uri http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:bsz:21-opus-10713 de_DE
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10900/46209
dc.description.abstract A society is defined not only by the people at its centre, the wealthy and influential and the masses, but also by those people who are on its fringes, neither fully included in that society nor beyond its boundaries. This paper will look at the figure of the göngumaðr in the Íslendinga sögur. A great many sagas utilise one or more such characters to advance their plots. Sometimes salesmen, beggars or even outlaws, they rarely have significant family bonds or support. While they might have some financial wealth, they are invariably without influence or social standing and are almost never presented in a positive light. However their very marginality allows them to move between different social groups; a fact which they attempt to use to their advantage. The paper will identify a number of different types of vagrants portrayed in the sagas and their varying roles within saga plots. It will consider the extent to which the social breakdown endemic in saga narrative can be blamed on such characters. Beyond this, the paper will begin to consider whether these characters might have represented genuine social concern regarding such figures among the thirteenth century Icelandic readership or whether they were merely convenient plot devices. en
dc.language.iso en de_DE
dc.publisher Universität Tübingen de_DE
dc.rights ubt-nopod de_DE
dc.rights.uri http://tobias-lib.uni-tuebingen.de/doku/lic_ubt-nopod.php?la=de de_DE
dc.rights.uri http://tobias-lib.uni-tuebingen.de/doku/lic_ubt-nopod.php?la=en en
dc.subject.classification Saga , Island de_DE
dc.subject.ddc 839 de_DE
dc.subject.other Íslendinga sögur , fringe characters , different types of vagrants en
dc.title Hawkers, beggars, assassins and tramps : Fringe characters in the Íslendinga sögur en
dc.type ConferenceObject de_DE
utue.publikation.fachbereich Sonstige - Neuphilologie de_DE
utue.publikation.fakultaet 5 Philosophische Fakultät de_DE
dcterms.DCMIType Text de_DE
utue.publikation.typ conferenceObject de_DE
utue.opus.id 1071 de_DE
utue.opus.portal sagas de_DE
utue.opus.portalzaehlung 1.17000 de_DE


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