Network analysis of the Íslendinga sögur - the Sagas of Icelanders

P. Mac Carron, Ralph Kenna

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    Abstract

    The Íslendinga sögur - or Sagas of Icelanders - constitute a collection of medieval literature set in Iceland around the late 9th to early 11th centuries, the so-called Saga Age. They purport to describe events during the period around the settlement of Iceland and the generations immediately following and constitute an important element of world literature thanks to their unique narrative style. Although their historicity is a matter of scholarly debate, the narratives contain interwoven and overlapping plots involving thousands of characters and interactions between them. Here we perform a network analysis of the Íslendinga sögur in an attempt to gather quantitative information on interrelationships between characters and to compare saga society to other social networks.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number407
    JournalEuropean Physical Journal B
    Volume86
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2013

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    The full text is available free from the link given. The published version can be found at http://dx.doi.org/10.1140/epjb/e2013-40583-3 .
    The final publication is available at link.springer.com.

    Keywords

    • Iceland
    • sagas
    • social network analysis

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