The Complete Sagas of Icelanders, including 49 Tales (5 Volumes)
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...more
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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 ...more
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? ...more
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 ...more
But I'm not sure that's humanly possible.
Excellent collection, excellent work by the translators. ...more
Books whose authorship is purposefully withheld should be attributed instead to Anonymous. ...more