ВЪОРЪЖЕНОТО НАСИЛИЕ, ВОЙНАТА И МИРЪТ В „САГА ЗА ФАРЬОРЦИТЕ”: ОПИТ ЗА АНАЛИЗ.
– Епохи, 2015, том XXIII, кн. 2, с. 435-447. Print ISSN 1310-2141
ARMED VIOLENCE, WARFARE AND PEACE KEEPING
IN THE FAEREYNGA SAGA
Abstract: The article deals with violence and peacekeeping in the Faereynga Saga which had been written in
Iceland at the beginning of the XIII c. First, the author focuses on hostilities and limited-scale armed violence on the
island. The analysis of textual information leads to a clear identification of several types of hostility activities, not all can
be classified as a typical military conflict but rather as acts of revenge and murder. Next, the author concludes that the
available information does not allow to fix the frequency and intensity of this type of actions. Obviously, they were
relatively rare events that left a long lasting impression for generations. Some of the examples show that the reason or
occasion were not only blood feud, but also actions against Vikings or conflicts with foreign merchants. Furthermore, the
purpose of armed violence was not only physical injury or murder, but also a demonstration of expulsion or social
isolation of an outlawed person or a whole group.
In conclusion, the author underlines that the Faereynga Saga provides unique information about small scale
conflicts and armed clashes in the Faroe Islands. Also, he concludes that the saga could be a reliable source concerning
the victims in the armed clashes. Next, unlike the armed violence, peace should be regarded as private and regional rather
than as a political reality. Finally, the author notes that analysed clashes and conflicts provides a valuable information
about conflicts and peace keeping in isolated Scandinavian societies in the North Atlantic.
Faereynga Saga, Faroe islands, Scandinavian migration, violence, peace keeping, medieval warfare