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Viking Friendship: The Social Bond in Iceland and Norway, c. 900D1300

Jón Vidar Sigurdsson


Friendship was the most important social bond in Iceland and Norway during the Viking Age and the early Middle Ages. Far more significantly than kinship ties, it defined relations between chieftains, and between chieftains and householders. This book explores the various ways in which friendship tied Icelandic and Norwegian societies together, its role in power struggles and ending conflicts, and how it shaped religious beliefs and practices both before and after the introduction of Christianity. The book details how loyalties between friends were established and maintained. The key elements o ... More

Keywords: friendship, Iceland, Norway, Viking Age, early Middle Ages, protection, generosity, gift giving, feasting, loyalty

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781501705779
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501705779.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jón Vidar Sigurdsson, author
University of Oslo