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Sagas of Imagination: A Medieval Icelandic Reader By Ben Waggoner
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The Norse men and women who sailed to Iceland brought stories with them—stories of their lives and their ancestors, passed down for centuries, going back in time to great Vikings, legendary... More > heroes, and even the ancient gods and goddesses. A new wave of stories entered with Christianity—stories of exotic lands and beasts, of saints and holy men facing demons and monsters. A third wave of stories came to Iceland via Norway, whose king had commissioned translations of tales of chivalry—of the courtly love of gallant knights and beautiful ladies. And all of these blended together in Iceland, creating swashbuckling sagas unlike any other medieval literature. This book presents eleven sagas and six shorter texts tracing the growth of these sagas of adventure, from Norse legends of King Half and Asmund Champion’s Bane, to the life of the Apostle Bartholomew, to tales of Parceval and King Arthur, to the sagas of heroes like Vilmund the Outsider and Yngvar the Far-Traveler and Samson the Fair.< Less
Sagas of Imagination: A Medieval Icelandic Reader By Ben Waggoner
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The Norse men and women who sailed to Iceland brought stories with them—stories of their lives and their ancestors, passed down for centuries, going back in time to great Vikings, legendary... More > heroes, and even the ancient gods and goddesses. A new wave of stories entered with Christianity—stories of exotic lands and beasts, of saints and holy men facing demons and monsters. A third wave of stories came to Iceland via Norway, whose king had commissioned translations of tales of chivalry—of the courtly love of gallant knights and beautiful ladies. And all of these blended together in Iceland, creating swashbuckling sagas unlike any other medieval literature. This book presents eleven sagas and six shorter texts tracing the growth of these sagas of adventure, from Norse legends of King Half and Asmund Champion’s Bane, to the life of the Apostle Bartholomew, to tales of Parceval and King Arthur, to the sagas of heroes like Vilmund the Outsider and Yngvar the Far-Traveler and Samson the Fair.< Less
Sagas of Imagination: A Medieval Icelandic Reader By Ben Waggoner
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The Norse men and women who sailed to Iceland brought stories with them—stories of their lives and their ancestors, passed down for centuries, going back in time to great Vikings, legendary... More > heroes, and even the ancient gods and goddesses. A new wave of stories entered with Christianity—stories of exotic lands and beasts, of saints and holy men facing demons and monsters. A third wave of stories came to Iceland via Norway, whose king had commissioned translations of tales of chivalry—of the courtly love of gallant knights and beautiful ladies. And all of these blended together in Iceland, creating swashbuckling sagas unlike any other medieval literature. This book presents eleven sagas and six shorter texts tracing the growth of these sagas of adventure, from Norse legends of King Half and Asmund Champion’s Bane, to the life of the Apostle Bartholomew, to tales of Parceval and King Arthur, to the sagas of heroes like Vilmund the Outsider and Yngvar the Far-Traveler and Samson the Fair.< Less
Icelandic Journals By William Morris
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William Morris was plump, unfit and relatively untravelled but his enthusiasm, grit and phenomenal eye for detail sustained him for six weeks in 1871 and a further two in 1873 through ‘the most... More > romantic of all deserts’. He kept very few diaries and the Icelandic Journals are the most complete. Written daily, in pencil, in small black-covered notebooks, they are unguarded, spontaneous and by turn discouraged and excited. He records wild flowers and wilder landscapes, spectacular sunsets, vast expanses of lava, magnificent waterfalls, dangerous tracks and rivers. He grew to love his indomitable ponies, bringing one back to England for his daughters. And he loved the Icelanders: priests, farmers, scholars and children. Their kindness, generosity and hospitality – despite their poverty – moved him greatly and had a profound effect on his political thinking. His journey included visits to many of the main Saga sites – a route that is still followed by lovers of Iceland and William Morris.< Less
Laxdæla Saga: Translated from the Icelandic of Ancient Nordic Folklore, Myths and Legends By Anonymous & Muriel A. C. Press
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The Laxdaela Saga is an interconnected group of stories and myths which originate from Iceland in the Early Middle Ages. Bringing together a collection of ancient Nordic myths and legends, this book... More > tells the story of Guðrún Ósvífrsdóttir, Kjartan Ólafsson and Bolli Þorleiksson. The three are involved in a love triangle: although Bolli and Kjartan are childhood friends with a long history of helping one another, they come to blows over their shared love of Guðrún. Unusually feminine in tone and subject matter, historians of Icelandic lore venture that the Laxdaela Saga was authored by a woman. For a time, the story was passed on through the oral tradition: the first records upon paper date to the mid-13th century, some 300 years since the saga is originally thought to have arisen within the culture of Iceland.< Less
The Otter's Ransom: Moral Accompaniments to Legal Codes in the Icelandic Sagas By William Creedle
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The Icelandic sagas contain many interesting clues to the history and culture of both the Vikings and the Early Christian Middle Ages when most were committed to vellum. As written documents they... More > offer a static snapshot of the time in which they were written. The sagas served many purposes: historical justification for family control, documentation of Kingship lines, expressions of pre-nationalistic thought, means to integrate Christianity, perpetuation of traditions, and even entertainment. But what if they served another purpose: a way to transfer legal and moral code in a mostly illiterate society whose heads derived power though their ability to reach fair compromises (often at the expense of what may be right).< Less
The Otter's Ransom: Moral Accompaniments to Legal Codes in the Icelandic Sagas By William Creedle
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The Icelandic sagas contain many interesting clues to the history and culture of both the Vikings and the Early Christian Middle Ages when most were committed to vellum. As written documents they... More > offer a static snapshot of the time in which they were written. The sagas served many purposes: historical justification for family control, documentation of Kingship lines, expressions of pre-nationalistic thought, means to integrate Christianity, perpetuation of traditions, and even entertainment. But what if they served another purpose: a way to transfer legal and moral code in a mostly illiterate society whose heads derived power though their ability to reach fair compromises (often at the expense of what may be right).< Less
The Hrafnista Sagas By Ben Waggoner
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The Norwegian island of Hrafnista was long remembered in medieval Iceland as the ancestral home of a family of powerful chieftains, who were said to have faced and triumphed over dangers ranging from... More > tyrant kings, to storms and famines, to giants, dragons, and sorcery. Descendants of these Men of Hrafnista settled in Iceland and gave rise to prominent families, who passed on tales of their ancestors for generations until they were written down. For the first time, the Old Norse sagas of the Men of Hrafnista—the Saga of Ketil Salmon, the Saga of Grim Shaggy-Cheek, the Saga of Arrow-Odd, and the Saga of An Bow-Bender—have been collected in one volume, in English translation. Enter the world of Viking legend and lore with these tales of high adventure.< Less
The Hrafnista Sagas By Ben Waggoner
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The Norwegian island of Hrafnista was long remembered in medieval Iceland as the ancestral home of a family of powerful chieftains, who were said to have faced and triumphed over dangers ranging from... More > tyrant kings, to storms and famines, to giants, dragons, and sorcery. Descendants of these Men of Hrafnista settled in Iceland and gave rise to prominent families, who passed on tales of their ancestors for generations until they were written down. For the first time, the Old Norse sagas of the Men of Hrafnista—the Saga of Ketil Salmon, the Saga of Grim Shaggy-Cheek, the Saga of Arrow-Odd, and the Saga of An Bow-Bender—have been collected in one volume, in English translation. Enter the world of Viking legend and lore with these tales of high adventure.< Less
Laxdæla Saga: Translated from the Icelandic of Ancient Nordic Folklore, Myths and Legends (Hardcover) By Anonymous & Muriel A. C. Press
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The Laxdaela Saga is an interconnected group of stories and myths which originate from Iceland in the Early Middle Ages. Bringing together a collection of ancient Nordic myths and legends, this book... More > tells the story of Guðrún Ósvífrsdóttir, Kjartan Ólafsson and Bolli Þorleiksson. The three are involved in a love triangle: although Bolli and Kjartan are childhood friends with a long history of helping one another, they come to blows over their shared love of Guðrún. Unusually feminine in tone and subject matter, historians of Icelandic lore venture that the Laxdaela Saga was authored by a woman. For a time, the story was passed on through the oral tradition: the first records upon paper date to the mid-13th century, some 300 years since the saga is originally thought to have arisen within the culture of Iceland.< Less

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