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From runic inscriptions to sagas, this book introduces readers to the colourful world of Old Norse-Icelandic literature. There is an introduction to the colourful world of Old Norse-Icelandic literature. This book covers mythology and family sagas, as well as less well-known areas, such as oral story-telling, Eddaic verse and skaldic verse. It provides an introduction that helps readers to appreciate the language and culture of the first settlers in Iceland. It looks at the reception of Old-Norse-Icelandic literature over the ages, as views of the vikings have changed. It shows how a whole range of authors from Shakespeare to Seamus Heaney have been influenced by Old Norse-Icelandic literature.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780631236269
ISBN-10: 0631236260
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 155mm x 14mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Blackwell Publishers
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Publish Date: 9-Dec-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Heather O'Donoghue

Heather O'Donoghue is Reader in Old Norse at Oxford University. She is a regular contributor to the Times Literary Supplement.

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