In Egil’s Saga, have read Scudder’s Introduction, vii-xxiv, and chapters 1-30, pp. 3-54; Canvas Page “On Reading Egil’s Saga: Plot Outline and Note, or download it here: On Reading Egil’s Saga-Plot outline and note.-1.docIn Egil’s Saga. have read chapters 31-67, pp. 54-145. In Canvas Pages read “Egil’s Poetry” (selections from Christina Fell’s translation), or download it here:Translating Egil’s Poetry Christine Fell.pdfFor those who would like to trace Egil’s travels geographically, here is a link to the Icelandic Saga Map Project. After you click on “open map” a list of sagas will appear: choose “Egils Saga Skallagrimsonar.” The text on the right of the map is in the original Old Icelandic/Old Norse, but you can match the highlighted place names to those in the Penguin edition by comparing the two chapter (“kalfi”) by chapter; the Icelandic place names are similar to the English.. map/diagram of the Battle of Wen Heath (chapters 52-55): .Battle of Wen Heath.docxANSWER EACH QUESTION BELOW WITH ONE PARAGRAPH1. Why does Skallagrim treat Prince Eirik’s gift (the silver-inlaid axe) as he does? What is the symbolism and “message” he means to send in treating it as he does and returning it? What does Thorolf’s disposal of the axe reveal about his character?2. How would you describe the psychological dynamic between Queen Gunnhild, her husband King Eirik, and the Skallagrimson brothers, Egil in particular? Why do Gunnhild and Egil “have it in” for one another, and how is this expressed in their conflicts?3. King Athelstan makes generous offers to Egil to become one of his men, and while Egil never actually refuses, he never really takes them up. Why?4. “Egil in love?” The introduction suggests that Egil’s motive to accompany Thorolf abroad in Chapter 39 (Scudder 69-70) is competition for the love of Asgerd (xxvi). While the saga writer never explicitly gives this as a motive, can we interpret Egil’s concern for the widowed Asgerd after his brother’s death (102) and his behavior in Chapter 56, as evidence of a real passion for her?5. In his pursuance of his land claims and confrontations with Norwegian royalty, is Egil motivated by greed, by the old family grudge, or by his sense of justice—what is due him according to the “law of the land”? In other words, are his actions motivated by avarice, by the “dark side” of the family character, or by principle? Support your answer with specific evidence from the text, and your interpretation.6. The author of the saga portrays Egil’s violent actions, from childhood bullying to Viking raids and revenge killings, in vivid detail, but without explicit judgement. Did you find this to be a glorification of Egil’s Viking ways, an objective rendering of past values, or an invitation to the audience to make an ethical judgement of their own?


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