Þórðar saga kakala is a thirteenth-century contemporary saga, extant today in the surviving manuscripts of the fourteenth-century compilation Sturlunga saga. The original, and now lost, version of the saga—*Þórðar saga kakala hin mikla—was written in Western Iceland during the 1270s (based on linguistic evidence), most probably by someone close to Hrafn Oddsson who had been present at the saga's events (notably proposed to be one of the sons of Dufgus due to the prominence of their points of view).1

In extant form, Þórðar saga kakala contains 50 chapters covering the years 1242–49/50 and 1254–56; however, *Þórðar saga kakala hin mikla was longer and, whilst also ending in 1256, likely began in ca.1233 (or even earlier in ca.1210).2 There are several arguments in favor of this hypothesis, for example the references in Þórðar saga kakala to events before 1242 which would not have made sense without...

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