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This attention-grabbing learn explores a extraordinary ethnic-Canadian literature in shut textual and contextual phrases for the 1st time. It lays a basis for destiny comparative study within the box of ethnic Canadian experiences, and demanding situations assumptions approximately cultural id and human adventure of the "new."

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This was where the old literature was passed on and new literature created. Obviously, if the new doctrine was to be spread among the people, the way to do it was to make Lutheran works part of the kvbldvaka. At the same time the Church aimed at eradicating people's interest in worldly literature in this manner. By the time Jon Vidalin took his vows, many books containing sermons, religious reflections and theological interpretations had been distributed, and the huslestur (lit. "house-reading"), the reading 25 26 THE ICELANDIC VOICE of a religious passage followed by discussions and prayer, had become an important part of the kvbldvaka.

Hallgrimur Petursson was believed to be a kraftaskdld and there are many tales about his magical recitations. 31 Another famous kraftaskdld in Icelandic folklore is Kolbeinn Jok/aska/d ("Glacier-poet"), who was believed to have outwitted the Devil with his poetry. The Icelandic-Canadian poet Stephan G. Stephansson devoted a long narrative poem to Kolbeinn (see also Chapter III). He once said the following about Kolbeinn: "As distasteful as I find belief in devils, I am nevertheless filled with respect for those men and that nation whose faith in poetry was so great that they dared deliver themselves into the power of what they knew and believed to be the worst of all, with poetry alone as their weapon" (trans, torsteinsson 1973: 91).

16 Indeed, as we saw earlier, nearly all cultural achievements of the early Icelanders were within the field of literature. Although the quality of Icelandic literature declined after the "golden age," literature remained the primary focus of Icelandic artistry on all social levels. Turville-Petre explained the literary nature of Icelandic culture as follows: Scandinavians of the Viking Age, as indeed of earlier ages, had excelled as visual artists, as is proved by their sculpture, metal-work, and tapestry.

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