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INTERROGATING GENRE IN THE FORNALDARSÖGUR (ROUND-TABLE DISCUSSION)

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University of Aberdeen

At the final session of the conference ‘Fornaldarsagaerne: Myter og virkelighed’ (Schæffergården, Denmark, 25–28 August 2005), a lively discussion about the generic definition of the fornaldarsögur took place. It was agreed during the session to present the range of perspectives voiced there in a printed round-table discussion in Viking and Medieval Scandinavia to which all participants were invited to contribute. After initial contributions were submitted, the discussion was circulated for comments and rejoinders and some further contributions were made. I am grateful to Annette Lassen, Agneta Ney, and Ármann Jakobsson, the organizers of the conference, for their permission to publish this phase of the discussion here.

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