Kin-slaying in the <i>Poetic Edda</i>: The End of the World?

David Clark

in Gender, Violence, and the Past in Edda and Saga

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199654307
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191742071 | DOI:
Kin-slaying in the Poetic Edda: The End of the World?

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Kin-slaying, and especially fratricide, constitute crucial factors in the history of both gods and men, recurring throughout the Codex Regius. This chapter's argument is that many events in the heroic poems, and in particular Hamðismál, function at least in part as microcosmic analogues of key events in the mythological texts, in particular Völuspá. The explicit references to Ragnarök in heroic poetry are explored, along with the links between the figures of Sigurðr and Baldr, and the way that human strife is thus linked to the archetypal cosmic strife.

Keywords: kin-slaying; fratricide; heroic poems; Hamðismál; Völuspá; Ragnarök

Chapter.  8471 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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