"Hrafnkel's Saga" and Other Icelandic Stories
Translated by Hermann Palsson
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Hrafnkel's Saga and Other Icelandic Stories by Hermann Palsson
Book DescriptionWritten 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780140442380
(198mm x 129mm x 8mm)
Imprint: Penguin Classics
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 29-Jan-1976
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Hermann Palsson
Eyrbyggja Saga, Paperback (January 1989)
Presents an Icelandic saga which mixes realism with gothic imagination and history with tales of hauntings. This title 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.
Orkneyinga Saga, Paperback (April 1981)» View all books by Hermann Palsson
This is the story of the Orkneymen of Norwegian extraction who established an Earldom of Norway in the Northern Scottish Isles a thousand years ago, and whose descendants held sway over the Hebrides and Northern Mainland of Scotland for several centuries.
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