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Six medieval tales of trolls, vikings and arctic giants The Icelandic sagas are one of the world's great literary treasures. Between the twelfth and nineteenth centuries, countless heroes and heroines were commemorated, celebrated and mocked in hundreds of vivid, engaging prose narratives. These were copied and retold in many thousands of manuscripts, bringing the past to life for generations of Icelanders and helping them to while away the winter evenings - but only a few `classics' are well-known to English-speaking readers today. This book takes a wider view, allowing glimpses of a colourful world where fact and fancy mingle, and myth blends into history. In these tales - some translated here for the first time - we encounter a humble Icelandic scholar dreaming of a glamorous Viking past, a royal adventurer evading the horrible lusts of trollwomen as he quests across the known world, a demon popping out of a lavatory, the terrifying death spasms of the old Northern gods, bloody and unnatural acts in Muslim Germany, and foggy Arctic shores, haunted by lost tales of vanished giants. Ralph O'Connor's translations are faithful to the tone as much as the language of the originals. His introduction gives a lively account of the genre, enabling the reader to enjoy this richly varied literature on its own terms.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780752419527
ISBN-10: 0752419528
Format: Paperback
(241mm x 171mm x 19mm)
Pages: 192
Imprint: The History Press Ltd
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Mar-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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