On the impersonal tone of the sagas

From P. Borges:

“the word saga is related to sagen, to say, in German. They started out as oral and were later written down, but because they were originally oral , the narrator was forbidden to enter into the mind of the heroes. He could not… Say that a person hated or loved; this would be to intrude upon the mind of the character. Only what the characters did or made could be told. The sagas are told as if they are real, and if they abound in fantastical elements it is because the narrators and listeners believed in them.”

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