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What do we know about their relationship to this law? How does they relate to Icelandic sagas? I will try to provide an introduction to these laws and some answers to these questions. In two earlier posts Scandinavian laws came here already into view. The first post offered a general overview, and the second post looks at modern translations of Nordic laws.

Icelandic is a language with roots in Old Norse. Approaching the sagas and the Edda, the most famous collection of sagas, is complicated by the existence of two versions, one in prose, the other in poetry. If you would look in the Wikipedia in its various versions you will find only articles about this law in Icelandic , Swedish and Spanish. The lemma in the Icelandic Wikipedia is very short, the Swedish tells us more, and the Spanish points even to scholarly literature. We know about it thanks to a saga.

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Either they are literally the Grey Goose Laws, or they were supposed to have been written with goose quills. Finsen added a Danish translation. The first volume of his edition is online at Baekur, the central Icelandic digital library, but you can find all four volumes in the Internet Archive. Die Graugans , Andreas Heusler transl. Heusler was a Swiss medievalist and a specialist of Germanic and Scandinavian languages literature. He also gives an overview of early Icelandic laws and their manuscript transmission. It must be remembered, too, that Iceland lost its independence in the years to Norway.


There is a very substantial distance in time between the surviving manuscripts and their redaction in their rather loose form transmitted over the centuries. Alas they are only partially readable at the surface without special light and other modern tools. At Handritin heima , a website in Icelandic, Swedish, Danish and German, you will find palaeographical and codicological guidance to medieval Icelandic manuscripts.

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The institute hosts a number of projects and databases. Six language projects are presented at the Malid portal. One of the projects awaiting completion is an online catalog of Icelandic manuscripts in Canada and the United States. You can read online at Baekur the catalogue of the 3, manuscripts of which 1, remain in Copenhagen. The project for The Medieval Nordic Legal Dictionary has so far resulted in a series of translations and studies, and an indispensable bibliography which you can download.

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Known collectively as Gragas Greygoose , this great legal code offers a wealth of information about early European legal systems and the society of the Middles Ages. This first translation of Gragas is in two volumes. Customer Reviews.

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