The Homer of the North or: Who was Siguraur the Blind?

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Abstract

Siguraur the Blind is a relatively obscure Icelandic poet, and there has been very little study of his work since the early 20th century, perhaps due to the fact that any such study is prone to get lost in the confusion concerning the identity of this late medieval "Homer of the North". While this may be distracting from the study of his work, this fog may in fact be paradoxically illuminating as to the problems facing scholarship of the late Middle Ages, often revolving around sparse but nevertheless seemingly contradictory sources. Furthermore, one of the most interesting aspects of previous scholarship concerning the poet is how his blindness has figured in the attribution of various poems to Siguraur, and how this blindness has linked him to other blind poets of the 14th to the 17th centuries.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4-19
Number of pages16
JournalEuropean Journal of Scandinavian Studies
Volume44
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2014

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