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Egil's Saga

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ISBN10 : 0141930527

Publisher : Penguin UK

Number of Pages : 288

Category : Fiction

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Book Summary: Egil's Saga tells the story of the long and brutal life of tenth-century warrior-poet and farmer Egil Skallagrimsson: a morally ambiguous character who was at once the composer of intricately beautiful poetry, and a physical grotesque capable of staggering brutality. The saga recounts Egil's progression from youthful savagery to mature wisdom as he struggles to avenge his father's exile from Norway, defend his honour against the Norwegian King Erik Bloodaxe, and fight for the English King Athelstan in his battles against Scotland. Exploring issues as diverse as the question of loyalty, the power of poetry, and the relationship between two brothers who love the same woman, Egil's Saga is a fascinating depiction of a deeply human character.

Egils saga

Author : Kurt Juul

ISBN10 : 8726164507

Publisher : Lindhardt og Ringhof

Number of Pages : 140

Category : Fiction

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Book Summary: De islandske sagaer giver indblik i voldsomme familiefejder, dramatiske begivenheder og legendariske karakterer, og her er en af sagaerne blevet bearbejdet og genfortalt, så den appellerer til læsere i 10-12-års alderen. "Egils saga" handler om Egil Skallagrimsson med de gode talegaver og det voldsomme temperament, der var vellidt i hjemlandet Island, men lå i langvarig strid med kongen Erik Blodøkse i Norge. Kurt Juul (1937-2019) var en dansk forfatter og højskolelærer. Han debuterede som forfatter med "Egils lange rejse" i 1982 og har siden skrevet en lang række bøger for børn og unge. I 1987 modtog han sammen med Roald Als Kulturministeriets Børnebogspris for "Røverne i Rold".

Egil, the Viking Poet

Author : Laurence de Looze,Jon Karl Helgason,Russell Poole,Torfi H. Tulinius

ISBN10 : 1442621249

Publisher : University of Toronto Press

Number of Pages : 256

Category : Literary Criticism

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Book Summary: Egil, the Viking Poet focuses on one of the best-known Icelandic sagas, that of the extraordinary hero Egil Skallagrimsson. Descended from a lineage of trolls, shape-shifters, and warriors, Egil’s transformation from a precocious and murderous child into a raider, mercenary, litigant, landholder, and poet epitomizes the many facets of Viking legend. The contributors to this collection of essays approach Egil’s story from a variety of perspectives, including psychology, philology, network theory, social history, and literary theory. Strikingly original, their essays will appeal not only to dedicated students of Old Norse-Icelandic literature but also to those working in the fields of Viking studies, comparative ethnology, and folklore.

Egil's Saga

Author : E. R. Eddison

ISBN10 : 147321212X

Publisher : Gateway

Number of Pages : 320

Category : Fiction

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Book Summary: Egil's Saga is the tale of the long and brutal life of Egil Skallagrimsson, the tenth-century warrior-poet: a morally ambiguous character who was both the composer of intricately beautiful poetry and a physical grotesque capable of staggering brutality. It recounts Egil's progression from youthful savagery to mature wisdom as he struggles to avenge his father's exile from Norway, defend his honour against the Norwegian King Erik Bloodaxe, and fight for the English King Athelstan in his battles against Scotland. Translated from Icelandic by the great fantasist, E R Eddison, and accounted by many to be the greatest of the Icelandic sagas, Egil's Saga is a fascinating depiction of a deeply human character.

The Sagas of the Icelanders

Author : Jane Smiley

ISBN10 : 0141933267

Publisher : Penguin UK

Number of Pages : 348

Category : Fiction

Viewed : 1988

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Book Summary: In Iceland, the age of the Vikings is also known as the Saga Age. A unique body of medieval literature, the Sagas rank with the world’s great literary treasures – as epic as Homer, as deep in tragedy as Sophocles, as engagingly human as Shakespeare. Set around the turn of the last millennium, these stories depict with an astonishingly modern realism the lives and deeds of the Norse men and women who first settled in Iceland and of their descendants, who ventured farther west to Greenland and, ultimately, North America. Sailing as far from the archetypal heroic adventure as the long ships did from home, the Sagas are written with psychological intensity, peopled by characters with depth, and explore perennial human issues like love, hate, fate and freedom.

Egils saga

Author : Óþekktur

ISBN10 : 8726225611

Publisher : Lindhardt og Ringhof

Number of Pages : 30

Category : Literary Collections

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Book Summary: Egils saga Skalla-Grímssonar er einna elst Íslendingasagna ásamt því að vera sú blóðugasta. Verkið fjallar aðallega um víkinga og gerist því að mestu utan landsteinanna. Aðalpersóna sögunnar er aðeins ein, Egill Skalla-Grímsson. Sá lét strax til sín taka á unga aldri og er að öllum líkindum grimmasta hetja Íslendingasagnanna. Sagan einkennist af víkingaferðum, ránum, bardögum og því sem helst einkenndi líf víkinga fyrr á öldum. Jafnframt koma við sögu ýmsir galdrar, yfirnáttúrulegar verur, rúnaletur og ásatrú. Íslendingasögurnar eru einstakar að því leyti að höfunda þeirra er hvergi getið. Sögurnar hafa að öllum líkindum varðveist í munnlegri geymd og síðar rituðum heimildum en frumtexta sagnanna er hvergi að finna. Sögurnar eru afar mikilvæg heimild um líf Íslendinga á miðöldum og eru bækurnar óneitanlega stór hluti af íslenskum menningararfi. Þær eru um fjörutíu talsins og fjalla að mestu um líf bænda og víkinga á miðöldum þar sem hefndin réði ríkjum.

Egil, the Viking Poet

Author : Laurence de Looze,Jon Karl Helgason,Russell Poole,Torfi H. Tulinius

ISBN10 : 1442621249

Publisher : University of Toronto Press

Number of Pages : 256

Category : Literary Criticism

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Book Summary: Egil, the Viking Poet focuses on one of the best-known Icelandic sagas, that of the extraordinary hero Egil Skallagrimsson. Descended from a lineage of trolls, shape-shifters, and warriors, Egil’s transformation from a precocious and murderous child into a raider, mercenary, litigant, landholder, and poet epitomizes the many facets of Viking legend. The contributors to this collection of essays approach Egil’s story from a variety of perspectives, including psychology, philology, network theory, social history, and literary theory. Strikingly original, their essays will appeal not only to dedicated students of Old Norse-Icelandic literature but also to those working in the fields of Viking studies, comparative ethnology, and folklore.

The Vinland Sagas

Author : Leifur Eiricksson

ISBN10 : 0141991550

Publisher : Penguin UK

Number of Pages : 144

Category : Fiction

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Book Summary: The Saga of the Greenlanders and Eirik the Red’s Saga contain the first ever descriptions of North America, a bountiful land of grapes and vines, discovered by Vikings five centuries before Christopher Columbus. Written down in the early thirteenth century, they recount the Icelandic settlement of Greenland by Eirik the Red, the chance discovery by seafaring adventurers of a mysterious new land, and Eirik’s son Leif the Lucky’s perilous voyages to explore it. Wrecked by storms, stricken by disease and plagued by navigational mishaps, some survived the North Atlantic to pass down this compelling tale of the first Europeans to talk with, trade with, and war with the Native Americans.

The Wanderer's Havamal

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ISBN10 : 1624668437

Publisher : Hackett Publishing

Number of Pages : 216

Category : Poetry

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Book Summary: The Wanderer's Hávamál features Jackson Crawford’s complete, carefully revised English translation of the Old Norse poem Hávamál, newly annotated for this volume, together with facing original Old Norse text sourced directly from the Codex Regius manuscript. Rounding out the volume are Crawford’s classic Cowboy Hávamál and translations of other related texts central to understanding the character, wisdom, and mysteries of Óðinn (Odin). Portable and reader-friendly, it makes an ideal companion for both lovers of Old Norse mythology and those new to the wisdom of this central Eddic poem wherever they may find themselves.

The Saga of the People of Laxardal and Bolli Bollason's Tale

Author : Leifur Eiricksson

ISBN10 : 0141917423

Publisher : Penguin UK

Number of Pages : 272

Category : Fiction

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Book Summary: The action of the saga takes place at the end of the tenth century, at about the time Scandinavia was converting from worship of Norse gods to Christianity. A masterpiece of medieval literature, the story focuses on two families — that of Hoskuld, a prominent farmer with several sons, and that of Gudrun, the most beautiful woman ever born in Iceland.

Egil’s Saga: Traditional evidence for Brúnanburh compared to Literary, Historic and Archaeological Analyses

Author : John R. Kirby

ISBN10 : 1789691109

Publisher : Archaeopress Publishing Ltd

Number of Pages : 62

Category : Social Science

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Book Summary: Was Egil’s Saga ‘written’ by Snorri Sturluson or by more than one person? Was it embellished by Snorri or others? Where did the Brúnanburh traditions come from? Is it accurate enough to be used as a historic source – a factual reference? This study aims to identify the incongruities within this saga demonstrating a correct analysis.

Routledge Revivals: Medieval Scandinavia (1993)

Author : Phillip Pulsiano,Kirsten Wolf

ISBN10 : 1351665014

Publisher : Routledge

Number of Pages : 770

Category : History

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Book Summary: First published in 1993, Medieval Scandinavia: An Encyclopedia covers every aspect of the region during the Middle Ages, including rulers and saints, overviews of the countries, religion, education, politics and law, culture and material life, history, literature, and art. Written by a team of expert contributors, the encyclopedia offers those who lack command of the various Scandinavian languages a basic tool for the study of Medieval Scandinavia from roughly the Migration Period to the Reformation. With full-page maps, useful supplementary photos, cross-references and a comprehensive index, this work will be a valuable and absorbing volume for students of the Norse sagas, the Viking age, and Old English history and literature, and for anyone interested in the cultural and historical heritage of Scandinavia.

The Poetic Genesis of Old Icelandic Literature

Author : Mikael Males

ISBN10 : 3110643936

Publisher : Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

Number of Pages : 361

Category : Literary Criticism

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Book Summary: This book assesses the importance of poetry for the Old Icelandic literary flowering of c. 1150–1350. It addresses the apparent paradox that an extremely conservative form of literature, namely skaldic poetry, was at the core of the most innovative literary and intellectual experiments in the period. The book argues that this cannot simply be explained as a result of strong local traditions, as in most previous scholarship. Thus, for instance, the author demonstrates that the mix of prose and poetry found in kings’ sagas and sagas of Icelanders is roughly contemporary to the written sagas. Similarly, he argues that treatises on poetics and mythology, including Snorri’s Edda, are new to the period, not only in their textual form, but also in their systematic mode of analysis. The book contends that what is truly new in these texts is the method of the authors, derived from Latin learning, but applied to traditional forms and motifs as encapsulated in the skaldic tradition. In this way, Christian Latin learning allowed for its perceived opposite, vernacular oral literature of pagan extraction, to reach full fruition and to largely replace the very literature which had made this process possible in the first place.

The Saga of the Jómsvikings

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ISBN10 : 3110627167

Publisher : Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

Number of Pages : 197

Category : Literary Criticism

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Book Summary: Unique among the Icelandic sagas, part-history, part-fiction, the Saga of the Jomsvikings tells of a legendary band of vikings, originally Danish, who established an island fortress of the Baltic coast, launched and ultimately lost their heroic attack on the pagan ruler of Norway in the late tenth century. The saga’s account of their stringent warrior code, fatalistic adherence to their own reckless vows and declarations of extreme courage as they face execution articulates a remarkable account of what it meant to be a viking. This translation presents the longest and earliest text of the saga, never before published in English, with a full literary and historical introduction to this remarkable work.

Viking Age Iceland

Author : Jesse L Byock

ISBN10 : 0141937653

Publisher : Penguin UK

Number of Pages : 480

Category : History

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Book Summary: 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.

The Routledge Research Companion to the Medieval Icelandic Sagas

Author : Ármann Jakobsson,Sverrir Jakobsson

ISBN10 : 1317041461

Publisher : Routledge

Number of Pages : 364

Category : Literary Criticism

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Book Summary: The last fifty years have seen a significant change in the focus of saga studies, from a preoccupation with origins and development to a renewed interest in other topics, such as the nature of the sagas and their value as sources to medieval ideologies and mentalities. The Routledge Research Companion to the Medieval Icelandic Sagas presents a detailed interdisciplinary examination of saga scholarship over the last fifty years, sometimes juxtaposing it with earlier views and examining the sagas both as works of art and as source materials. This volume will be of interest to Old Norse and medieval Scandinavian scholars and accessible to medievalists in general.

Eyrbyggja Saga

Author : Hermann Palsson

ISBN10 : 0141913681

Publisher : Penguin UK

Number of Pages : 192

Category : Fiction

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Book Summary: An Icelandic saga which mixes realism with wild gothic imagination and history with eerie tales of hauntings. It dramatizes a 13th century view of the past, from the pagan anarchy of the Viking age to the settlement of Iceland, the coming of Christianity and the beginnings of organized society.

Hrafnkel's Saga and Other Icelandic Stories

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ISBN10 : 0141961422

Publisher : Penguin UK

Number of Pages : 144

Category : Fiction

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Book Summary: 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.