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Between history and myth : stories of Harald Fairhair and the founding of the state

Author: Bruce Lincoln
Publisher: Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2014.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Medieval accounts of how Norway was unified by its first king provide a lively, revealing, and wonderfully entertaining example of this process. Taking the story of how Harald Fairhair unified Norway in the ninth century as its central example, Bruce Lincoln illuminates the way a state's foundation story blurs the distinction between history and myth and how variant tellings of origin stories provide opportunities  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version
Named Person: Harald, Haarfagre King of Norway; Harald, Haarfagre King of Norway
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Bruce Lincoln
ISBN: 9780226141084 022614108X
OCLC Number: 913570220
Notes: Available through University Press Scholarship Online (SHEDL).
Description: 1 online resource (x, 285 pages, 4 pages of plates) : illustrations (black and white), maps (black and white)
Contents: List of Illustrations; Chapter 1. Introduction; Chapter 2. Gyða; Chapter 3. Rögnvald the Powerful; Chapter 4. Snorri Sturluson; Chapter 5. Commander Guthorm; Chapter 6. Ragnhild; Chapter 7. Dofri the Giant; Chapter 8. Hálfdan the Black; Chapter 9. Shaggy Harald; Chapter 10. Ingjald the Wicked; Chapter 11. Conclusions; Coda: A Reader Reflects; Acknowledgments; Appendix: Synoptic Tables; Notes; Bibliography; Index.
Responsibility: Bruce Lincoln.

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