[This post got out of order, due to issues related to the Blogger outage last week.]
It occurred to Narfi that it was not a good idea to keep the killing secret and so be guilty of murdering the man.... (Saga of Ref the Sly)
I'm somewhat confused: how does telling people about your murder exculpate you? Or am I misreading the passage?
I am so confused right now...
From my reading of sagas, according to the Norse the difference between a permissible killing and a murder consisted in two things: a permissible killing wasn't secret and the killer paid appropriate material compensation. That is a very different view from ours.
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