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Snorri Sturluson or Sturleson

(snôr`rē stür`lüsôn, –lĕsôn), 1178–1241, Icelandic chieftain, historian, critic, and saga teller, the leading figure in medieval Norse literature. He was the author of the invaluable Prose Edda (see EddaEdda
, title applied to two distinct works in Old Icelandic. The Poetic Edda, or Elder Edda, is a collection (late 13th cent.) of 34 mythological and heroic lays, most of which were composed c.800–c.1200, probably in Iceland or W Norway.
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), a treatise on the art of poetry and a compendium of Norse mythology. His great saga the Heimskringla recounts the history of Norway to 1177; it combines traditional legend with substantial historical information and is of great literary merit. Snorri's sense of drama was outstanding, his mastery of form and method superb. Of an aristocratic family, Snorri acquired great wealth and became one of the most influential men in Iceland. Active in the politics of his day, he agreed to support the plan of Haakon IV for the annexation of Iceland to Norway, and thereafter he became increasingly entangled in intrigues and hostilities. In the struggle for control of Iceland he was killed by henchmen of his son-in-law, for political reasons as well as for reasons of inheritance.


See biography by M. Ciklamini (1978); N. M. Brown, Song of the Vikings (2012).

Sturluson or Sturleson, Snorri:

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, 1178–1241, Icelandic chieftain, historian, critic, and saga teller, the leading figure in medieval Norse literature.
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Snorri Sturluson


Born 1178 in Hvammur; died Sept. 23, 1241, in Reykholt. Icelandic prose writer and poet.

Snorri Sturluson was descended from the house of the Stur-lungs, which waged a struggle for power in the first half of the 13th century. Three times he was choosen lawspeaker, the highest office of the Icelandic Commonwealth. He was killed by order of the Norwegian king Haakon for disobedience.

Snorri’s Prose Edda, also called the Younger Edda, is the most important source on ancient Icelandic mythology and skaldic poetry. His Heimskringla, also called Orbis terrarum, is a history of Norway from ancient times to 1177. In this work, Snorri discriminatingly selected the most authentic elements from written and oral sources and interpreted them judiciously yet at the same time followed the narrative style of the sagas and used dialogues and monologues to create a lively picture of Norway’s history.


Heimskringla, vols. 1-3. Reykjavik, 1941–51.
In Russian translation:
Mladshaia Edda. [Afterword by M. I. Steblin-Kamenskii.] Leningrad, 1970.


Nordal, S. Snorri Sturluson. Reykjavik, 1920.
Paasche, F. Snorre Sturlason og Sturlungerne. Christiania. 1922.


Snorri Sturluson

1179--1241, Icelandic historian and poet; author of Younger or Prose Edda (?1222), containing a collection of Norse myths and a treatise on poetry, and the Heimskringla sagas of the Norwegian kings from their mythological origins to the 12th century
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Three of these are based on holidays mentioned in Ynglinga saga, the first story in Snorri Sturlusson's mammoth thirteenth-century history of the kings of Norway, Heimskringla.
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There are exceptions to this rule here (Thucydides, Caesar, Ammianus Marcellinus, Snorri Sturluson, Lord Acton, Roy Jenkins, Winston Churchill, and others), but history in the main is the work of those who do not make it, and in the case of both William and Orderic, their particular margin equipped them in very special ways to reflect on the past, to read the vast Latin writings on and about the past and then to couch their own writings in a language all intellectuals could and would want to read, and which has lasted down to our own day, while encouraging the greatest of our historians and people of letters to translate and copiously annotate it.
Or the phrase 'Sing the sword, wield the sword,' which recalls the Scandinavian poet Snorri Sturluson, who wrote the Edda Snorra or Edda Minore, epic works of Scandinavian mythology; though he celebrated courage in war, he was said to be a coward, able to sing but not wield the sword.
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In Snorri Storluson's 1225 text Ynglingasaga, the berserkr is also associated with Wotan or Odin ("frenzy"), the Germanic god of warriors and death, the master of rage (Herr der Wut and Wutenden [McCone 103]), who in turn is associated closely with wolves, especially Fenrir, the mighty mythical wolf who devours Odin at Ragnarok, when the world ends (Orchard 122-25).
Por ejemplo, en el Gylfaginning (La alucinacion de Gylfi) 43 de la Edda Menor, que fue puesta por escrito por Snorri Sturluson en la Islandia del siglo xiii (aunque recogiese mitos y creencias mucho mas antiguos), se halla engastada una leyenda acerca de Thor, el dios del trueno del panteon escandi navo, que le muestra cocinando sus cabras para la cena y luego golpeando sus huesos con su martillo, con el resultado de que resucitaron.
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