Text by Snorri Sturluson in Óláfs Saga Tryggvasonar en mesta

Text by Snorri Sturluson in Óláfs Saga Tryggvasonar en mesta

By Ólafur Halldórsson
2001 | 162 + lxii pp. | 978-0-903521-49-9 | Paperback 5.5 x 8.5 in
$20 |

Óláfs saga Tryggvasonar en mesta has been compiled from numerous sources, in all likelihood during the second quarter of the fourteenth century. The person who constructed the saga, the compiler, gathered by far the greatest part of the text from written works, sometimes copying them word for word, apart from common copyist's errors, sometimes changing the wording, sometimes adding to it, sometimes shortening or merely summarising it, but there is precious little which appears to have been original writing. His model would have been the separate Óláfs saga helga by Snorri Sturluson and it is not unlikely that his objective in writing the saga was to honour Óláfr Tryggvason with a saga as long as the one composed by Snorri about Óláfr helgi.