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The Image of Godhi in Sagas of Icelanders (on the basis of Hrafnkels Saga Freysgodha)

Student: Anna Ershova

Supervisor: Dr Feodor Uspenskij

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities

Educational Programme: History (Bachelor)

Final Grade: 9

Year of Graduation: 2019

The present research deals with the image of Icelandic goðar (chieftains and priests) in Icelandic Family Sagas, with particular attention to Hrafnkels Saga Freysgoða. Despite the saga’s being continuously studied for a long time, image of a chieftain in it (and other Sagas of Icelanders) is still not adequately explored. The research of the image of goði aims to contribute to better understanding of Medieval Icelandic society and power relations within it. The study goal is to reveal how goðar are represented in Family Sagas. First, chieftains’ emergence and non-personal features presented in sagas are examined. Second, the representation of goðar as heathen priests is investigated. Finally, the specific traits of chieftains’ personalities and behaviour given in Family Sagas are analysed.

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