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Audun’s luck

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Audun is a lucky man. His kinsman Thorstein said "he was likely to have good luck” right at the start. Harald Hardradi remarks on what he perceives to be Audun’s own sense of his luckiness: “do you think that your luck is so much greater than anyone else’s that you can travel with such a treasure where others who’ve done no harm can scarcely travel empty-handed?” Germanic ideas of fate, luck, and destiny have been much written about. This chapter wishes to narrow the focus to how this story plays with ideas of luck. There is a strong sense in Audun’s Story that Audun deserves his good luck, because he generates so much of it for himself as a consequence of his virtue, his intelligence and integrity, and manifest charm.

Keywords: Audun’s Story; Harald Hardradi; luckiness; Thorstein



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