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Audun’s Story is the tale of a resourceful and lucky man who spends all he has for a polar bear. This chapter focuses on rags-to-riches story; almost a tall tale, but it is a story of character above all. In this tale the sagaworthy does not take place in battle or in feud, its usual terrain, but at the intersection of the moral and the economic, two domains the extent of whose interconnectedness, or the location of the border between them, still occupies us intensely today, for they are much of the battleground of the political, and much of the focus of the legal. The story supplies the background assumptions—legal, moral, social, economic, cultural, psychological—that will give sense, good sense, to the action and the actors.

Keywords: Audun; polar bear; rags-to-riches story



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