Between the Realistic and the Mythical. Analysis of a Local, Northic Legend

Author: Roald Larsen
Institution: UiT The Arctic University of Norway
Year of publication: 2014
Source: Show
Pages: 117-127
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PDF: kie/105/kie10507.pdf

The purpose of this article is to analyse a northern Norwegian legend. Working with legends will provide a cultural insight and can thus be a gateway to establish knowledge structures. The main purpose of this paper is to reveal some of the diversity that a legend contains, and show that an analysis of this type of text can be a tool for dissemination and discovery learning. The analysis in this article is made from a multi-perspective approach: a literary perspective, religion, historical, mythical and folkloric perspective. The word legend is characterized in Norway as religious texts. The proper Norwegian term for the text being analysed here is actually “sagn”. However, I choose here in the English language to use the word legend instead.


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