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Njal's Saga by Anonymous
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Feb 11, 2008

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In the tradition of Icelandic sagas it is very violent and barbaric. Tons of fun in other words, and based on a true story by all accounts. Lots of modern law practice goes back to the people and principles described in this book. My favorite part is the vision of the Valkyries at the end. Delightfully macabre!
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Coalbanks Read it when I was a blood-thirsty teen. The Icelandic clan fights were not so differant than the cliques in my school, just more open & direct. Liked the way the Icelanders lived on their own terms & took the rough with the smooth, accepted the consequences of their actions - if they had to! That is, if they couldn't get a court to rule in their favour (for a favour) had enough strength or henchmen to impose their will on others or didn't have enough henchmen to help them avoid the consequences. It prepared me for the cruel world as much as anything else I read in high school. Mind you I was reading Orwell (1984, Animal Farm) at the time so this was a ray of hope compared to those grim works.

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