Egil's Saga

Author: Leifur Eiriksson

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141930527

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

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Egil's Saga tells the story of the long and brutal life of tenth-century warrior-poet and farmer Egil Skallagrimsson: a morally ambiguous character who was at once the composer of intricately beautiful poetry, and a physical grotesque capable of staggering brutality. The saga recounts Egil's progression from youthful savagery to mature wisdom as he struggles to avenge his father's exile from Norway, defend his honour against the Norwegian King Erik Bloodaxe, and fight for the English King Athelstan in his battles against Scotland. Exploring issues as diverse as the question of loyalty, the power of poetry, and the relationship between two brothers who love the same woman, Egil's Saga is a fascinating depiction of a deeply human character.

Egil's Saga

Author: N.A

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780140443219

Category: Sagas

Page: 254

View: 9417

The saga deals with the Viking world in the ninth and tenth centuries and has as its hero Eric Skallagrimsson, a powerful man who is much under the influence of the many-faced god, Odin

The Matter of the North

The Rise of Literary Fiction in Thirteenth-century Iceland

Author: Torfi H. Tulinius

Publisher: University Press of Southern Denmark

ISBN: 9788778385376

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 340

View: 2680

This study evaluates the role of legendary sagas in the lives of Icelanders from the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. It looks at the legendary sagas from the perspective of fictional prose narrative, and sheds light on the origin and nature of other genres that arose in Iceland, especially the Icelandic family saga Islendingasaga. The author wishes to point out the richness and complexity of these long-neglected sagas. Even though they were probably composed for amusement and recreation, they deserve to be taken seriously as works of the intellect.

The Saga of Gisli the Outlaw

Author: George Johnston,Peter Foote

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 9780802062192

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 146

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The Saga of Gisli was written early in the thirteenth century. It offers an imaginative reconstruction of the story of a man and his family who came to Iceland from Norway about AD 960. Soon after 960 Gisli, the central figure, was outlawed for killing his brother-in-law, and then, for thirteen years or more, he lived in hiding in remote parts of the northwest of Iceland until he was finally caught and killed by his enemies. Around this imaginative core the author has spun a web of conflicting passions - love, hare and jealousy between man and wife, brother and sister, brother-in-law - intricate emotional bonds which are here seen ironically patterned against a background of inevitable fate. Gisli, the hero, is portrayed not only as a man of strength and courage, but also a poet and dreamer, tormented in his outlawry by nightmarish visions which seem gradualy to sap his will to resist. The author's probing into the emotional depths of his characters, the superbly effective architecture of his narrative leading to the central climax, his sense of the dramatic, and his cool, compelling style all combine to make this one of the most memorable of all the Icelandic sagas.

Ritual bones or common waste

A study of Early Medieval bone deposits in Northern Europe

Author: J. Thilderkvist

Publisher: Barkhuis

ISBN: 9491431315

Category: Religion

Page: 0

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This book addresses the problems of identifying human actions behind finds of bones in settlement archaeology, exemplified with the identification of ritual deposits. In order to formulate a methodological framework for approaching the identification of ritual deposits, different methods are tested on four Early Medieval case studysites: Dongjum and Leeuwarden, two artificial dwelling mounds situated in the then undiked salt marches of the Northern Netherlands, Midlaren, an inland settlement in Drenthe, also in the Northern Netherlands, and finally Uppåkra, a central place in the South of Sweden. The bone fragments from the four materials are studied in a five step process of definition, description, identification, interpretation and explanation. The deposits are discussed with the help of various archaeological, ethnographic and historical sources. The results of the analysis lead to a methodological framework for understanding individual deposits based on a holistic perspective where all information is regarded as potentially valuable, various methods are taken into consideration, and simplification is avoided.

From the Sword to the Pen

An Analysis of the Concept of Loyalty in Old English Secular Heroic Poetry

Author: Nicole Gardiner-Stallaert

Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Incorporated


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 370

View: 9469


Egil, the Viking Poet

New Approaches to 'Egil's Saga'

Author: Laurence de Looze,Jón Karl Helgason,Russell Poole,Torfi H. Tulinius

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 1442649690

Category: Electronic books

Page: 242

View: 5216

The contributors to this collection of essays approach Egil's story from a variety of perspectives, including psychology, philology, network theory, social history, and literary theory.

Iron Age Myth and Materiality

An Archaeology of Scandinavia AD 400-1000

Author: Lotte Hedeager

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136817255

Category: Social Science

Page: 290

View: 8777

Iron Age Myth and Materiality: an Archaeology of Scandinavia AD 400-1000 considers the relationship between myth and materiality in Scandinavia from the beginning of the post-Roman era and the European Migrations up until the coming of Christianity. It pursues an interdisciplinary interpretation of text and material culture and examines how the documentation of an oral past relates to its material embodiment. While the material evidence is from the Iron Age, most Old Norse texts were written down in the thirteenth century or even later. With a time lag of 300 to 900 years from the archaeological evidence, the textual material has until recently been ruled out as a usable source for any study of the pagan past. However, Hedeager argues that this is true regarding any study of a society’s short-term history, but it should not be the crucial requirement for defining the sources relevant for studying long-term structures of the longue durée, or their potential contributions to a theoretical understanding of cultural changes and transformation. In Iron Age Scandinavia we are dealing with persistent and slow-changing structures of worldviews and ideologies over a wavelength of nearly a millennium. Furthermore, iconography can often date the arrival of new mythical themes anchoring written narratives in a much older archaeological context. Old Norse myths are explored with particular attention to one of the central mythical narratives of the Old Norse canon, the mythic cycle of Odin, king of the Norse pantheon. In addition, contemporaneous historical sources from late Antiquity and the early European Middle Age - the narratives of Jordanes, Gregory of Tours, and Paul the Deacon in particular - will be explored. No other study provides such a broad ranging and authoritative study of the relationship of myth to the archaeology of Scandinavia.

Njáls Saga

A Critical Introduction

Author: Lars Lönnroth

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520027084

Category: Njáls saga

Page: 275

View: 1543


Egil's Saga

Author: E. R. Eddison

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 147321212X

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

View: 3139

Egil's Saga is the tale of the long and brutal life of Egil Skallagrimsson, the tenth-century warrior-poet: a morally ambiguous character who was both the composer of intricately beautiful poetry and a physical grotesque capable of staggering brutality. It recounts Egil's progression from youthful savagery to mature wisdom as he struggles to avenge his father's exile from Norway, defend his honour against the Norwegian King Erik Bloodaxe, and fight for the English King Athelstan in his battles against Scotland. Translated from Icelandic by the great fantasist, E R Eddison, and accounted by many to be the greatest of the Icelandic sagas, Egil's Saga is a fascinating depiction of a deeply human character.


Author: Francis R. McBride

Publisher: Oxford, England : Clio Press


Category: Reference

Page: 345

View: 4296

The Republic of iceland, situated near the Arctic Circle, comprises one large island and numerous smaller ones. Iceland became independent in 1944 and is a founder-member of the Nordic Council, and a member of NATO and the Council for Europe. Iceland is the most geologically active country in the world, with geysers, volcanoes, hot springs, glaciers, and spectacular waterfalls. This descriptive, annotated bibliography provides an updated listing of significant books and articles about Iceland.

Heroic Epic and Saga

An Introduction to the World's Great Folk Epics

Author: Felix J. Oinas

Publisher: Bloomington : Indiana University Press


Category: Epic literature

Page: 373

View: 8803


Feud in the Icelandic Saga

Author: Jesse L. Byock

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520082595

Category: History

Page: 293

View: 6123

Byock sees the crucial element in the origin of the Icelandic sagas not as the introduction of writing or the impact of literary borrowings from the continent but the subject of the tales themselves - feud. This simple thesis is developed into a thorough examination of Icelandic society and feud, and of the narrative technique of recounting it.

The Post-Classical Icelandic Family Saga

Author: Martin Arnold

Publisher: N.A


Category: Literary Collections

Page: 276

View: 9277

This book aims to establish theoretical principles for analyzing the group of late 13th and 14th century Isendingasorgur (Icelandic family sagas) traditionally designated as post-colonial. Two periods of icelandic history are examined: Medieval period and the 19th and early 20th centuries.