Egil's Saga : Penguin Classics

Author: Snorri Sturluson,Bernard Scudder,Svanhildur Oskarsdottir

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0140447709

Category: Fiction

Page: 243

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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.

Egil's Saga

Author: N.A

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780140443219

Category: Sagas

Page: 254

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The saga deals with the Viking world in the ninth and tenth centuries and has as its hero Eric Skallagrimsson, a powerful man who is much under the influence of the many-faced god, Odin

Egil, the Viking Poet

New Approaches to 'Egil's Saga'

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

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 1442649690

Category: Electronic books

Page: 242

View: 7800

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.

The Matter of the North

The Rise of Literary Fiction in Thirteenth-century Iceland

Author: Torfi H. Tulinius

Publisher: University Press of Southern Denmark

ISBN: 9788778385376

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 340

View: 9494

This study evaluates the role of legendary sagas in the lives of Icelanders from the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. It looks at the legendary sagas from the perspective of fictional prose narrative, and sheds light on the origin and nature of other genres that arose in Iceland, especially the Icelandic family saga Islendingasaga. The author wishes to point out the richness and complexity of these long-neglected sagas. Even though they were probably composed for amusement and recreation, they deserve to be taken seriously as works of the intellect.

The Saga of Gisli the Outlaw

Author: George Johnston,Peter Foote

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 9780802062192

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 146

View: 2177

The Saga of Gisli was written early in the thirteenth century. It offers an imaginative reconstruction of the story of a man and his family who came to Iceland from Norway about AD 960. Soon after 960 Gisli, the central figure, was outlawed for killing his brother-in-law, and then, for thirteen years or more, he lived in hiding in remote parts of the northwest of Iceland until he was finally caught and killed by his enemies. Around this imaginative core the author has spun a web of conflicting passions - love, hare and jealousy between man and wife, brother and sister, brother-in-law - intricate emotional bonds which are here seen ironically patterned against a background of inevitable fate. Gisli, the hero, is portrayed not only as a man of strength and courage, but also a poet and dreamer, tormented in his outlawry by nightmarish visions which seem gradualy to sap his will to resist. The author's probing into the emotional depths of his characters, the superbly effective architecture of his narrative leading to the central climax, his sense of the dramatic, and his cool, compelling style all combine to make this one of the most memorable of all the Icelandic sagas.

Egil's Saga

Author: E. R. Eddison

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 147321212X

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

View: 6284

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.

Njáls Saga

A Critical Introduction

Author: Lars Lönnroth

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520027084

Category: Njáls saga

Page: 275

View: 7038

Ritual bones or common waste

A study of Early Medieval bone deposits in Northern Europe

Author: J. Thilderkvist

Publisher: Barkhuis

ISBN: 9491431315

Category: Religion

Page: 0

View: 9293

This book addresses the problems of identifying human actions behind finds of bones in settlement archaeology, exemplified with the identification of ritual deposits. In order to formulate a methodological framework for approaching the identification of ritual deposits, different methods are tested on four Early Medieval case studysites: Dongjum and Leeuwarden, two artificial dwelling mounds situated in the then undiked salt marches of the Northern Netherlands, Midlaren, an inland settlement in Drenthe, also in the Northern Netherlands, and finally Uppåkra, a central place in the South of Sweden. The bone fragments from the four materials are studied in a five step process of definition, description, identification, interpretation and explanation. The deposits are discussed with the help of various archaeological, ethnographic and historical sources. The results of the analysis lead to a methodological framework for understanding individual deposits based on a holistic perspective where all information is regarded as potentially valuable, various methods are taken into consideration, and simplification is avoided.

Feud in the Icelandic Saga

Author: Jesse L. Byock

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520082595

Category: History

Page: 293

View: 4513

Byock sees the crucial element in the origin of the Icelandic sagas not as the introduction of writing or the impact of literary borrowings from the continent but the subject of the tales themselves - feud. This simple thesis is developed into a thorough examination of Icelandic society and feud, and of the narrative technique of recounting it.

From the Sword to the Pen

An Analysis of the Concept of Loyalty in Old English Secular Heroic Poetry

Author: Nicole Gardiner-Stallaert

Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Incorporated


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 370

View: 9490

Egil Skallagrimssons saga

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9789187339332

Category: Fiction

Page: 266

View: 1813

Egil Skallagrimsson (ca 900-992) var en islandsk skald, krigare och hovding. Egil kallas ofta Islands och hela Nordens storste skald. Av Egils dikter finns cirka 110 strofer och strofdelar bevarade. Om Egils liv, dad och diktning handlar Egil Skallagrimssons saga, vilken ar en av de mest framstaende och langsta islandska slaktsagorna. Den kan vara skriven av Snorre Sturlasson, som var slakt med Egil. Den ar baserad pa de rika islandska berattelserna om landets store skald och hjalte, samt innehaller aven manga av Egils kvaden. Vi far folja med Egil pa hans aventyr dar han redan som ung flyttade med slakten fran Norge till Island efter att det skurit sig med den norske kungen, och hur han redan som ung gick ut i viking. Genom livets utmaningar, forstroelser och faror fortsatter sagan."


Author: Francis R. McBride

Publisher: Oxford, England : Clio Press


Category: Reference

Page: 345

View: 9330

The Republic of iceland, situated near the Arctic Circle, comprises one large island and numerous smaller ones. Iceland became independent in 1944 and is a founder-member of the Nordic Council, and a member of NATO and the Council for Europe. Iceland is the most geologically active country in the world, with geysers, volcanoes, hot springs, glaciers, and spectacular waterfalls. This descriptive, annotated bibliography provides an updated listing of significant books and articles about Iceland.

Viking Age Iceland

Author: Jesse L Byock

Publisher: ePenguin


Category: History

Page: 447

View: 423

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.

King Harald's Saga

Author: Snorri Sturluson

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141915072

Category: History

Page: 192

View: 8680

This compelling Icelandic history describes the life of King Harald Hardradi, from his battles across Europe and Russia to his final assault on England in 1066, less than three weeks before the invasion of William the Conqueror. It was a battle that led to his death and marked the end of an era in which Europe had been dominated by the threat of Scandinavian forces. Despite England's triumph, it also played a crucial part in fatally weakening the English army immediately prior to the Norman Conquest, changing the course of history. Taken from the Heimskringla - Snorri Sturluson's complete account of Norway from prehistoric times to 1177 - this is a brilliantly human depiction of the turbulent life and savage death of the last great Norse warrior-king.