Wick, Keren H. (1996) An edition and study of "Nikul├ís saga leikara". PhD thesis, University of Leeds.
Nikul├ís saga leikara (Nsl.) tells the story of Nikul├ís, king of Hungary. His foster-father, Earl Sv├şvari, convinces him to stop playing with magic and try to win Princess Dorma of Constantinople as a bride. Sv├şvari makes a secret betrothal with Dorma, contrary to her father's wishes. Nikul├ís then travels to Constantinople where he poses as a merchant in order to insinuate himself into the Byzantine court. Nikul├ís meets with Dorma secretly, and the couple escape from Constantinople. Valdimar's Scandinavian mercenaries capture Dorma by employing magic, but Nikul├ís re-captures his bride, also using magic. The final battle is precluded by Valdimar's accidental killing of his own mercenaries. Valdimar accepts Nikul├ís, and Nikul├ís becomes king over Constantinople upon Valdimar's death. Nsl. is an Icelandic romance which survives in sixty manuscripts dating from the seventeenth to the early twentieth centuries. Despite the saga's popularity in Iceland, Nsl. has received little attention from saga scholars. Nsl. is clearly a fictional saga, and neither the action nor the protagonist are related to Scandinavia. Consequently, scholars who regarded saga as history, as well as those who wished to define a unique medieval literature for Iceland - or other Scandinavian countries - had no interest in this saga. However, recent scholarship has discovered that sagas such as Nsl. are rich in both Icelandic and continental literary styles and motifs. Nsl. may therefore be seen as a particulariy Icelandic form of medieval romance. The present translation of Nsl. will make the saga available for further study of native Icelandic romance. Of the two redactions ofNsl., the edition ofNsl. (Nks. 331, 8vo) which is part of this study represents the longer, more popular version. With this edition, it is hoped that scholarly attention will be drawn to a saga which was read and enjoyed in Iceland over at least four centuries.
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|Department:||The University of Leeds > Faculty of Arts (Leeds) > School of English (Leeds)|
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