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Between History and MythStories of Harald Fairhair and the Founding of the State$
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Bruce Lincoln

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780226140926

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226141084.001.0001

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Commander Guthorm

Commander Guthorm

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Between History and Myth

Bruce Lincoln

University of Chicago Press

This chapter focuses on Heimskringla’s elaborate story of Guthorm, Harald Fairhair’s “kinsman” (frændi) and matrilineal uncle who demonstrated undying support and affection for the Norwegian king. One version of Fagrskinna describes Guthorm as the son of Dag the Wise, a “powerful chief ”in Haðaland. This chapter looks at Guthorm’s extreme loyalty that served to characterize the ideal relation between military and political authority, together with his participation in all of the king’s military campaigns. It also considers the authorship of Egil’s Saga and Heimskringla, both believed to have been written by Snorri Sturluson (1178–1241).

Keywords:   military, Heimskringla, Guthorm, Harald Fairhair, Fagrskinna, political authority, military campaigns, authorship, Egil’s Saga, Snorri Sturluson

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