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Laxdaela Saga Setting & Symbolism

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Objects/Places

Iceland

The island nation where the Laxdaela Saga takes place.

Norway

The main source of immigrants to Iceland. Iceland was nominally under the authority of the King of Norway during the saga.

Breidafjord

The eastern fjord where several characters die, and near where many of the main characters live.

Saelingsdale

The town where Kjartan and Gudrun meet.

Laxriverdale

The town near where most of the estates relevant to the story are located.

The Althing

The regular meeting of the Icelandic chieftains.

Outlaw

What a man becomes when he breaks Icelandic law. He could be killed with impunity. Several outlaws play brief roles in the saga.

Leg-Biter

Geirmund's sword that he curses when Thurid, his soon to be ex-wife, steals it from him. The Leg-Biter is the sword Bolli uses to kill Kjartan and the sword Bolli Bollason uses to kill Helgi.

Kjartan's Sword

A sword given to Kjartan...

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