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Title Audun and the polar bear [electronic resource] : luck, law, and largesse in a medieval tale of risky business / by William I. Miller.

Published Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2008.


Location Call No. Status
Uniform title Au℗ðunar ℗þ{acute}attr vestfirzka. English.
Physical description xi, 155 p.
Series Medieval law and its practice, 1873-8176 ; v. 1
Medieval law and its practice ; v. 1.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [147]-152) and index.
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.
Reproduction Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, MI : ProQuest, 2015. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest affiliated libraries.
Other author Miller, William Ian, 1946-
ProQuest (Firm)
Subject Au℗ðunar ℗þ{acute}attr vestfirzka.
Law, Scandinavian -- Sources.
Electronic books.
ISBN 9789004168114 (hardback : alk. paper)
9004168117 (hardback : alk. paper)