The Resource Audun and the polar bear : luck, law, and largesse in a medieval tale of risky business, by William I. Miller

Audun and the polar bear : luck, law, and largesse in a medieval tale of risky business, by William I. Miller

Label
Audun and the polar bear : luck, law, and largesse in a medieval tale of risky business
Title
Audun and the polar bear
Title remainder
luck, law, and largesse in a medieval tale of risky business
Statement of responsibility
by William I. Miller
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Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
  • eng
  • non
  • eng
Summary
"Audun's Story is the tale of an Icelandic farmhand who buys a polar bear in Greenland for no other reason than to give it to the Danish king, half a world away. It can justly be listed among the finest pieces of short fiction in world literature. Terse in the best saga style, it spins a story of complex competitive social action, revealing the cool wit and finely - calibrated reticence of its three main characters: Audun, Harald Hardradi, and King Svein. The tale has much to engage legal and cultural historians, anthropologists, economists, philosophers, and students of literature."
Member of
Cataloging source
N$T
Dewey number
839/.63
Index
index present
LC call number
PT7288.A8
LC item number
E5 2008eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Medieval law and its practice,
Series volume
v. 1
Label
Audun and the polar bear : luck, law, and largesse in a medieval tale of risky business, by William I. Miller
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 147-152) and index
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  • net
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Some technical matters : dates, origin, versions -- The story of Audun from the Westfjords (Audun's story) -- The commitment to plausibility -- Helping Thorir and buying the bear -- Dealing with King Harald -- Giving the bear to Svein : the interests in the bear -- Saying no to kings -- Eggs in one basket and market value -- Rome : self-impoverishment and self-confidence -- Repaying the bear -- Back to Harald : the yielding of accounts -- Audun's luck -- Richness and risk -- -- Motives -- Gaming the system : gift-ref -- Regiving and reclaiming gifts -- Relevant law -- Serious scarcity, self-interest and Audun's mother -- In the gift vs. in on the gift -- Gifts upward : repaying by receiving and funny money -- The obligation to accept -- Giving up and down hierarchies : of god(s), beggars, and equals -- Nadad and Abihu : sacrifice, caprice, and binding god and kings -- Funny money that is not so funny -- Of free and closing gifts -- Coda : the whiteness of the bear
Control code
ocn593231970
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xi, 155 pages)
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unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9789047443445
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other control number
10.1163/ej.9789004168114.i-155
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not applicable
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.b35656281
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unknown
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unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)593231970
  • brill9047443446

Library Locations

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      75 Pigdons Road, Waurn Ponds, Victoria, 3216, AU
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