Juxtaposing Cogadh Gáedel re Gallaib with Orkneyinga saga


The fields of Scandinavian studies and Celtic studies have reveled in the rich trove of vernacular literature preserved in medieval forms of Icelandic and Irish. The scholarly traditions within the fields, however, have hindered cross-cultural comparison, despite the fact that Irish and Scandinavians had abundant cultural contact and produced texts that at times refer to each other in detail. This paper explores the usefulness of comparing two often-marginalized works—the Irish Munster saga and royal panegyric, Cogadh Gáedel re Gallaib, and the history of the earls of Orkney known as Orkneyinga saga.

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