'Why is your axe bloody?': A Reading of Njals Saga

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Njals saga, the greatest of the sagas of the Icelanders, was written around 1280. It tells the story of a complex feud that starts innocently enough--in a tiff over seating arrangement at a local feast--and expands over the course of 20 years to engulf half the country, in which both sides are effectively exterminated, Njal and his family burned to death in their farmhouse, the other faction picked off over the entire course of the feud. Law and feud feature centrally in the saga, Njal, its hero, being the greatest lawyer of his generation. No reading of the saga can do it justice unless it takes its law, its feuding strategies, as well as the author's stunning manipulation and saga conventions. In 'Why is Your Axe Bloody?' W.I. Miller offers a lively, entertaining, and completely orignal personal reading of this lengthy saga.

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William Ian Miller is the Thomas G. Long Professor of Law at the University of Michigan. He has written extensively on the bloodfeud, especially as it is manifested in saga Iceland. Previous works include Bloodtaking and Peacemaking (1990), Eye for an Eye (2006), Audun and the Polar Bear (2008). He has also written about emotions, mostly unpleasant ones involving self-assessment, and various vices and virtues. Thus his books: The Anatomy of Disgust (1997), The Mystery of Courage (2000), Humiliation (1993), Faking It (2003), and most recently Losing It (2011) about the loss of mental acuity that comes with age, which includes a non-negligible share of saga matter and some from biblical Israel too. He is also Honorary Professor of History at the University of St. Andrews and has been a visiting professor over the years at Yale, Harvard, Chicago, Bergen, and Tel Aviv.

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"...the work provides a fascinating way of reading this brilliant saga. Why Is Your Axe Bloody? works on several levels and would be equally useful as a companion text for undergraduate students reading Njála for the first time or as a research companion for seasoned scholars interested in the finer details and cultural significance of the narrative. At the end of the day, Miller illustrates the boundaries of human motivation,
the consequences of love and feud, and ultimately reminds us that in the saga--which the
author claims, in the first person, by naming it at the very end--nothing is inconsequential, nothing is forgotten, and all debts will be repaid." -- Speculum


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