Lesson 1 (from Chapters 1-10)
The sagas are stories about ancient Scandinavian and Germanic history, about early Viking voyages, about migration to Iceland, and of feuds between Icelandic families. They were written in the Old Norse language, mainly in Iceland. The objective of this lesson is to examine how the writing style of this section reveals the genre of the Laxdaela Saga as a saga.
1) Class Discussion: What is a saga? Begin with a discussion of this now popular genre. Identify elements of a saga in this chapter. In a saga, several characters are involved in a legendary and mythical adventure that is tied to the history of the region and weaves romantic elements in the narrative. What does the author reveal about the character(s) in these settings that immediately introduces the element of a saga? How is the Laxdaela Saga typical of classical Icelandic saga writing? What elements...
This section contains 8,569 words
(approx. 29 pages at 300 words per page)