Excerpt from Bibliography of the Sagas of the Kings of Norway and Related Sagas and Tales
The present bibliography comprises the sagas of the kings of Norway, or as they are more commonly called the King's sagas (konunga siigur), and all minor tales (paettir) connected with them, as well as the related, more or less historical sagas and tales concerning the Faroes, the Orkneys, Denmark, Sweden and Russia (garoariki). The period of Norwegian history these sagas cover, extends from the earlier half of the ninth century down to the reign of King Magnfis lagabaetir (1263 A few tales which are to be found in the editions of the sagas, have been omitted here, because they are more properly classed with the mythic-heroic sagas (f ornaldar sogur), and will later, I hope, find place in a special bibliography of those sagas. Three Latin works on Norwegian history, written in Norway in the twelfth century have been included, as two of them, at least, are inseparable from the saga litterature. The appendix contains three literary productions, closely connected with the sagas, although differing from them as well as from each other in type.
In this bibliography the same plan has been followed as in that of the Icelandic sagas which appeared two years ago. Only some slight modifications have been necessary partly for the sake of saving space, partly because of the somewhat different character of these sagas. Notes on separate editions and translations of individual poems found in the sagas, could not be included. References to general works, such as Finnur Jonsson's large Litteratur Historie and P. E. Miiller's Sagabibliothek, which are found in the preceding bibliography, have been omitted here, since anyone interested in this literature will know them and consult them and other histories of the old-icelandic and Old Norwegian literature, such as E. Mogk's Geschichte der nor wegisch-islandische Literatur, Strasburg 1904 (separate reprint from Paul's Grundriss der germanischen Philologie), K. Maurer's Ueber die Ausdriicke altnordische, altnorwegische und islan dische Sprache, Miinchen 1867, and others. Although the title does not suggest it, Maurer's work contains a most thoroughanalysis of these sagas. References to general works on the history of Norway and the Norwegian church I have also deemed it unnecessary to include.
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