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The Sagas of Icelanders are forty narratives of adventure and conflict, set in the Viking Age but written down in the vernacular by anonymous authors in Iceland several hundred years later, during the 13th and 14th centuries. Their action spans the whole world known to the Vikings, but the stories mainly center on the unique society they founded in Icleand, depicting the m

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Published August 10th 1997 by Leifur Eiriksson Publishing Ltd
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Neil
Jan 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the most desirable publications on Old Norse literature to ever be published in the English language. The five volumes come in leather binding and are housed in a tidy little slipcase for added protection.

This is not a translation of every Icelandic Saga to be written but is a complete translation of the genre known as the Íslendingasögur. The Íslendingasögur are noted for their stark realism and are the most popular genre of Icelandic Saga literature amongst modern readers. Scho
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boogenhagen
Jul 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I got lucky and picked these up in a second hand book store several years ago- these are the complete translation of The Icelandic stories (so some sagas and ettas aren't here cause they weren't based on the Icelanders.)

There is a lot of scholarliness to this series but there are some very good tales too. If you really want to learn about the legends of the Icelanders, this is the set to have.

Technically these stories aren't actually historically factual, but there are so interesting who cares?
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Ben
Jul 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
"The Complete Sagas of Icelanders" is a collection of stories set in medieval Iceland and Scandinavia, around the period of the settlement of Iceland which occurred relatively late due to its geographic isolation. For the most part, we don't know who first imagined the stories, who wrote them down, or why they felt the need to do so. Despite being only loosely based on historical events, the stories do reflect somewhat the character of the people of Iceland, portrayed in oft idealized and exagge ...more
SmokingMirror
Mar 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Read this set from the library, except for volume five, which was missing. Only one of the sagas is therefore not read by me, for which I mourn, because I do not have $500.00 or whatever the price now to buy the set, much as I would like to. I commend the editors and translators for all their diligence and skill in putting together these books in English for readers like me. Besides Njal, Laxdaela, and Egil, I recommend The Sworn Brothers, Eyrbyggja (in v. 5 but I found a single volume copy to r ...more
Steve
Feb 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
After 15 years I've finally read it all. ...more
J. M.
Dec 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
An incredible achievement by ancient man, but the narratives are nothing like our storytelling methods. A fascinating and imperative journey into the minds and lives of our ancestors.
Franklin
Feb 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
I only read Njal's Saga, so this isn't a rating for the entire series. Overall was disappointed, though I didn't think too much when starting and came at it mostly through a modern lens. I think I'm not a huge fan of feuds. ...more
José Toledo
Jan 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Finished reading Volume I --Vinland, Warriors and Poets-- from the splendid set of five tomes published by Leifur Eiríksson Publishing, Reykjavík. The poetry and the adventure are conveyed in modern language exquisitely.

Pacing myself, Volume II sometime next month. Must allow for other books that claim my attention. Just not enough lifetime to read everything, is there?

Done with Volume II, which I didn't like as much as the first one. While there is more poetry, and more lore, the fighting scen
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Kate
Jun 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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The problem with taking almost a year to read this is that by the time I finished volume 5 I wanted to re-read 1-4 again now that I had an idea of all the interweaving characters, this time without interruptions for other books.

But I'm not sure that's humanly possible.

Excellent collection, excellent work by the translators.
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Peter
Jun 10, 2009 added it
I had been reading the sagas here and there for many years. Mostly the popular one's: Najal's and the like. However I read this collection from beginning to end over the period of about a year in 2001 or 2002. It changed my life. ...more
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