Fejder i sagatidens Island

Kasper Lund Hjorth, Tine Lützhøft Jensen & Peter Arto Sørensen

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This project concerns feuding in societies which do not have a centralized monopoly on violence. The question is whether violence in the form that appears in the feuds has a regulating function or whether it exacerbates matters. To answer this question we have used the saga about Gisli Sursson as a case in our analysis, comparing it to the information we have about Iceland in the time of the sagas and previous research on feuding. There are four feuds present in the saga which stretches over three generations. Each feud begins with a conflict where the honour of one or more of the persons involved is on the line. This leads to the first killing and then the feud escalates into a feud.

UddannelserHistorie, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato7 jan. 2013
VejledereKim Esmark


  • Fejde
  • Island
  • Saga