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Eirik the Red and Other Icelandic Sagas

Eirik the Red and Other Icelandic Sagas Author Gwyn Jones
ISBN-10 0192835300
Release 1999
Pages 318
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Selected by Gwyn Jones - the eminent Celtic scholar - for their excellence and variety, these nine Icelandic sagas include "Hen-Thorir," "The Vapnfjord Men," "Thorstein Staff-Struck," "Hrafnkel the Priest of Prey," "Thidrandi whom the Goddesses Slew," "Authun and the Bear," "Gunnlaug Wormtongue," "King Hrolf and his Champions," and the title piece.



The Cambridge Introduction to the Old Norse Icelandic Saga

The Cambridge Introduction to the Old Norse Icelandic Saga Author Margaret Clunies Ross
ISBN-10 9781139492645
Release 2010-10-28
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The medieval Norse-Icelandic saga is one of the most important European vernacular literary genres of the Middle Ages. This Introduction to the saga genre outlines its origins and development, its literary character, its material existence in manuscripts and printed editions, and its changing reception from the Middle Ages to the present time. Its multiple sub-genres - including family sagas, mythical-heroic sagas and sagas of knights - are described and discussed in detail, and the world of medieval Icelanders is powerfully evoked. The first general study of the Old Norse-Icelandic saga to be written in English for some decades, the Introduction is based on up-to-date scholarship and engages with current debates in the field. With suggestions for further reading, detailed information about the Icelandic literary canon, and a map of medieval Iceland, this book is aimed at students of medieval literature and assumes no prior knowledge of Scandinavian languages.



Iceland

Iceland Author David Roberts
ISBN-10 0375752676
Release 1998
Pages 159
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Photographs exploring the grandeur of Iceland's remarkable geography accompany tales of real-life heroes and supernatural beings



Old Norse Icelandic Literature

Old Norse Icelandic Literature Author Heather O'Donoghue
ISBN-10 9780470776834
Release 2008-04-15
Pages 256
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From runic inscriptions to sagas, this book introduces readers to the colourful world of Old Norse-Icelandic literature. An introduction to the colourful world of Old Norse-Icelandic literature. Covers mythology and family sagas, as well as less well-known areas, such as oral story-telling, Eddaic verse and skaldic verse. An introduction helps readers to appreciate the language and culture of the first settlers in Iceland. Looks at the reception of Old-Norse-Icelandic literature over the ages, as views of the vikings have changed. Shows how a whole range of authors from Shakespeare to Seamus Heaney have been influenced by Old Norse-Icelandic literature.



Viking Age Iceland

Viking Age Iceland Author Jesse L Byock
ISBN-10 UOM:39015051308222
Release 2001
Pages 447
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Medieval Iceland was unique amongst Western Europe, with no foreign policy, no defence forces, no king, no lords, no peasants and few battles. It should have been a utopia yet its literature is dominated by brutality and killing. The reasons for this, argues Jesse Byock, lie in the underlying structures and cultural codes of the islands' social order. 'Viking Age Iceland' is an engaging, multi-disciplinary work bringing together findings in anthropology and ethnography interwoven with historical fact and masterful insights into the popular Icelandic sagas, this is a brilliant reconstruction of the inner workings of a unique and intriguing society.



Beyond the Northlands

Beyond the Northlands Author Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough
ISBN-10 9780198701248
Release 2016-10-13
Pages 320
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In the dying days of the eighth century, the Vikings erupted onto the international stage with brutal raids and slaughter. The medieval Norsemen may be best remembered as monk murderers and village pillagers, but this is far from the whole story. Throughout the Middle Ages, long-ships transported hairy northern voyagers far and wide, where they not only raided but also traded, explored and settled new lands, encountered unfamiliar races, and embarked on pilgrimages and crusades. The Norsemen travelled to all corners of the medieval world and beyond; north to the wastelands of arctic Scandinavia, south to the politically turbulent heartlands of medieval Christendom, west across the wild seas to Greenland and the fringes of the North American continent, and east down the Russian waterways trading silver, skins, and slaves. Beyond the Northlands explores this world through the stories that the Vikings told about themselves in their sagas. But the depiction of the Viking world in the Old Norse-Icelandic sagas goes far beyond historical facts. What emerges from these tales is a mixture of realism and fantasy, quasi-historical adventures and exotic wonder-tales that rocket far beyond the horizon of reality. On the crackling brown pages of saga manuscripts, trolls, dragons and outlandish tribes jostle for position with explorers, traders, and kings. To explore the sagas and the world that produced them, Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough now takes her own trip through the dramatic landscapes that they describe. Along the way, she illuminates the rich but often confusing saga accounts with a range of other evidence: archaeological finds, rune-stones, medieval world maps, encyclopaedic manuscripts, and texts from as far away as Byzantium and Baghdad. As her journey across the Old Norse world shows, by situating the sagas against the revealing background of this other evidence, we can begin at least to understand just how the world was experienced, remembered, and imagined by this unique culture from the outermost edge of Europe so many centuries ago.



Viking Myths and Sagas

Viking Myths and Sagas Author Rosalind Kerven
ISBN-10 9780785835554
Release 2017-09-15
Pages 368
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This is an accessible, meticulously researched introduction to the oral tradition passed down since the Viking Age. Based on the oldest texts, Vikings Myths and Sagas is authentically interpreted and retold by a highly-acclaimed storyteller. A wide range of information is provided brings to life the most significant Viking Age stories. From the true accounts of their discovery of North America 500 years before Christopher Columbus, to the myths and legends that pushed the Vikings to the ends of the Earth. The text is written with the consultation of leading Icelandic academics. Complete with detailed notes, a comprehensive glossary, and an assortment of authentic proverbs, poems, riddles, and spells no other source so thoroughly goes into Norse history. Read the important myths from the mighty gods who dominated Viking pagan worship, like Thor the giant slayer and the mysterious, one-eyed Odin. Be shocked by the earth-shaking treachery of the trickster Loki, and discover the secret of eternal youth. Learn how they believed the world was created, and how it is predicted to end. Iconic Viking women are introduced and profiled. From Aud the Deep Minded, one-time queen who set up a Utopian community, to Melkorka, the abducted princess who brought dignity to slavery. Admire legendary female role models such as the goddess Frigg, who persuaded the whole of creation to weep with her and Gudrun who single-handedly destroyed the mightiest king in Europe. The mystery behind ancient Viking Age carvings are also explained. Myths such as Thor fishing up the World Serpent, Sigurd slaying a dragon, Odin riding an 8-legged horse, Gunnar condemned to death in a snake-pit, and many other extraordinary stories.



Icelandic Folktales and Legends

Icelandic Folktales and Legends Author Jacqueline Simpson
ISBN-10 0520021169
Release 1972-01-01
Pages 206
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A translated selection devoted to supernatural beings, ghosts, and magic practices.



Grettir s Saga

Grettir s Saga Author
ISBN-10 9780192801524
Release 2009-06-11
Pages 336
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A sweeping epic of the Viking Age, Grettir's Saga follows the life of the outlaw Grettir the Strong as he battles against sorcery, bad luck, and the vengefulness of his enemies. Among the most famous and widely read of Iceland's sagas, this new translation features extensive illustrative material to elucidate the story.



Viking Sagas

Viking Sagas Author John Sephton
ISBN-10 1934941093
Release 2008
Pages 232
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Viking tales of heroes, villains, warriors, explorers and kings, told around campfires and mead halls for centuries. The stories of Grettir the Strong, and of Kormac the Skald. And the saga of Erik the Red, who settled Greenland, and his son Leif the Lucky, who sailed to America centuries before Columbus.



Hrafnkel s Saga and Other Icelandic Stories

Hrafnkel s Saga and Other Icelandic Stories Author
ISBN-10 9780141961422
Release 2005-03-31
Pages 144
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Written around the thirteenth century AD by Icelandic monks, the seven tales collected here offer a combination of pagan elements tightly woven into the pattern of Christian ethics. They take as their subjects figures who are heroic, but do not fit into the mould of traditional heroes. Some stories concern characters in Iceland - among them Hrafknel's Saga, in which a poor man's son is murdered by his powerful neighbour, and Thorstein the Staff-Struck, which describes an ageing warrior's struggle to settle into a peaceful rural community. Others focus on the adventures of Icelanders abroad, including the compelling Audun's Story, which depicts a farmhand's pilgrimage to Rome. These fascinating tales deal with powerful human emotions, suffering and dignity at a time of profound transition, when traditional ideals were gradually yielding to a more peaceful pastoral lifestyle.



The History of Iceland

The History of Iceland Author Gunnar Karlsson
ISBN-10 0816635897
Release 2000
Pages 418
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Iceland is unique among European societies in having been founded as late as the Viking Age and in having copious written and archaeological sources about its origin. Gunnar Karlsson, that country's premier historian, chronicles the age of the Sagas, consulting them to describe an era without a monarch or central authority. Equating this prosperous time with the golden age of antiquity in world history, Karlsson then marks a correspondence between the Dark Ages of Europe and Iceland's "dreary period", which started with the loss of political independence in the late thirteenth century and culminated with an epoch of poverty and humility, especially during the early Modern Age. Iceland's renaissance came about with the successful struggle for independence in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and with the industrial and technical modernization of the first half of the twentieth century. Karlsson describes the rise of nationalism as Iceland's mostly poor peasants set about breaking with Denmark, and he shows how Iceland in the twentieth century slowly caught up economically with its European neighbors.



A Companion to Old Norse Icelandic Literature and Culture

A Companion to Old Norse Icelandic Literature and Culture Author Rory McTurk
ISBN-10 9781405137386
Release 2008-03-11
Pages 548
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This major survey of Old Norse-Icelandic literature and culture demonstrates the remarkable continuity of Icelandic language and culture from medieval to modern times. Comprises 29 chapters written by leading scholars in the field Reflects current debates among Old Norse-Icelandic scholars Pays attention to previously neglected areas of study, such as the sagas of Icelandic bishops and the fantasy sagas Looks at the ways Old Norse-Icelandic literature is used by modern writers, artists and film directors, both within and outside Scandinavia Sets Old Norse-Icelandic language and literature in its wider cultural context



The Sagas of the Icelanders

The Sagas of the Icelanders Author Jane Smilely
ISBN-10 9780141000039
Release 2000
Pages 782
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Presents a collection of Viking "sagas" to commemorate the adventures of the people who first settled Iceland, and then explored Greenland and North America.



Heims Kringla History of the Kings of Norway

Heims Kringla  History of the Kings of Norway Author Snorri Sturluson
ISBN-10 0890670404
Release 1977-01-01
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Iceland s Bell

Iceland s Bell Author Halldor Laxness
ISBN-10 9780307426314
Release 2007-12-18
Pages 448
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Sometimes grim, sometimes uproarious, and always captivating, Iceland’s Bell by Nobel Laureate Halldór Laxness is at once an updating of the traditional Icelandic saga and a caustic social satire. At the close of the 17th century, Iceland is an oppressed Danish colony, suffering under extreme poverty, famine, and plague. A farmer and accused cord-thief named Jon Hreggvidsson makes a bawdy joke about the Danish king and soon after finds himself a fugitive charged with the murder of the king’s hangman. In the years that follow, the hapless but resilient rogue Hreggvidsson becomes a pawn entangled in political and personal conflicts playing out on a far grander scale. Chief among these is the star-crossed love affair between Snaefridur, known as “Iceland’s Sun,” a beautiful, headstrong young noblewoman, and Arnas Arnaeus, the king’s antiquarian, an aristocrat whose worldly manner conceals a fierce devotion to his downtrodden countrymen. As their personal struggle plays itself out on an international stage, Iceland’s Bell creates a Dickensian canvas of heroism and venality, violence and tragedy, charged with narrative enchantment on every page. From the Trade Paperback edition.



The Far Traveler

The Far Traveler Author Nancy Marie Brown
ISBN-10 9780547539393
Release 2008-10-06
Pages 320
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The remarkable story of Gudrid, the female explorer who sailed from Iceland to the New World a millennium ago. Five hundred years before Columbus, a Viking woman named Gudrid sailed off the edge of the known world. She landed in the New World and lived there for three years, giving birth to a baby before sailing home. Or so the Icelandic sagas say. Even after archaeologists found a Viking longhouse in Newfoundland, no one believed that the details of Gudrid’s story were true. Then, in 2001, a team of scientists discovered what may have been this pioneering woman’s last house, buried under a hay field in Iceland, just where the epic tales suggest it could be. Joining scientists experimenting with cutting-edge technology and the latest archaeological techniques, and tracing Gudrid’s steps on land and in the sagas, The Far Traveler reconstructs a life that spanned—and expanded—the bounds of the then-known world. It also sheds new light on the society that gave rise to a woman even more extraordinary than legend has painted her, and illuminates the reasons for its collapse.