Izvestiya of Saratov University.
ISSN 1819-4907 (Print)
ISSN 2542-1913 (Online)


The Formation of the Image of a Saint King in the Scaldic Poetry of the 11th Сentury

The article deals with some aspects of making a figure of a Norwegian ruler Olaf Haraldsson a saint martyr. Scaldic poetry of the 11th century was taken as a basis for research. The works written after the death of saint Olaf at the battle of Stiklestad are of great interest. Due to the peculiarities of scaldic poetry one can assume that Olaf’s cult and consequently formation of his image started in 1031–1035. However these works are important not just as a proof of hagiographical tradition, but legitimization of royal power in Norway as well.