Njal's Saga

Author: Leifur Eiricksson,Anonymous

Publisher: Pearson Education

ISBN: 9780140447699

Category: Fiction

Page: 377

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"Full of dreams, strange prophecies, sexual slander, violent power struggles and fragile peace settlements, Njal's Saga is a compelling chronicle of a fifty-year blood feud." "Written in the late thirteenth century, it is the most powerful and popular of the great Icelandic Family Sagas and teems with memorable and complex characters such as Gunnar of Hlidarendi, a great warrior with an aversion to killing, the Iago-like Mord Valgardsson, and the wise and prescient Njal himself. Alongside the heroism and prowess there is also blood spilt in acts of cowardice and cruelty. Despite its distance from us in time and place, Njal's Saga explores perennial human problems: from failed marriages to divided loyalties, from the law's inability to curb human passions to the terrible consequences when decent men and women are swept up in a tide of violence quite beyond their control."--BOOK JACKET.

Nordic Magic Healing

Healing Galdr, Healing Runes

Author: Yves Kodratoff

Publisher: Universal-Publishers

ISBN: 1581125739

Category: Religion

Page: 304

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Galdr is a song or howling by which a poem written in runes is "made active." Anthropological texts will often describe a healing ritual where the healer has been seen to mutter some indistinct words over the patient. This book gives these 'mutterings' back their true meaning and importance. It will also explain their rational value by clearly stating the root causes of the sickness, and explore their religious meaning. The poetry and creativity of these chants combine to form a very effective healing technique, albeit a very difficult one. Many of you will be familiar with karate's 'scream that kills', that came to us from the East. We will explore the 'scream (or song) that heals' called galdr by the Norse. In this book, galdr will be explored in two ways: by looking at a new interpretation of the famous Finish epic, Kalevala; and by considering pagan charms from various parts of the world, including two unexpected sources, those from Lithuania (not yet published) and those from Hildegard von Bingen (a German Christian visionary of the early twelfth century, whose charms were not considered to be Pagan). The Kalevala teaches us the twelve steps for physical healing, and the nine steps for healing mental illness. Old charms are used as a model for buidling new ones.

The Penguin Classics Book

In Search of the Best Books Ever Written

Author: Henry Eliot

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141990937

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 480

View: 6193

Penguin Classics is the largest and best-known classics imprint in the world. From The Epic of Gilgamesh to the poetry of the First World War, and covering all the greatest works of fiction, poetry, drama, history and philosophy in between, this reader's companion encompasses 500 authors, 1,200 books and 4,000 years of world literature. Stuffed full of stories, author biographies, book summaries and recommendations, and illustrated with thousands of historic Penguin Classic covers, this is an exhilarating and comprehensive guide for anyone who wants to explore and discover the best books ever written.

The Rewriting of Njáls Saga

Translation, Ideology, and Icelandic Sagas

Author: Jón Karl Helgason

Publisher: Multilingual Matters

ISBN: 9781853594571

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 175

View: 6234

The Rewriting of Njáls saga concerns itself with the process which enables literary texts to cross cultures and endure history. Through six interrelated case studies, Jón Karl Helgason focuses on the reception of Njáls saga, the most distinguished of the Icelandic sagas, in Britain, the United States, Denmark, Norway and Iceland, between 1861 and 1945. The editions and translations in question claim to represent a medieval narrative to their audience, but Helgason emphasises how these texts simultaneously reflect the rewriters' contemporary ideas about race, culture, politics and poetics. Introducing the principles of comparative Translation Studies to the field of Medieval Literature, Helgason's book identifies the dialogue between literary (re)production and society.


Hellenism, Modernism, and the Myth of Decadence

Author: Louis A. Ruprecht

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 1438418337

Category: Philosophy

Page: 260

View: 4519

Reading both philosophical and theological texts, this book presents an argument against nostalgia: against the myth of a Golden Age, against the posture that sees "modernity" as a problem to be solved.

Njal's Saga

Author: N.A

Publisher: Wordsworth Editions

ISBN: 9781853267857

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

View: 2382

Proclaimed as one of the finest Icelandic sagas, this text was written in about 1280 and refers to events a couple of centuries earlier. It is full of the details of everyday life, as well as the social structures of the society in which they take place.

The Rule of the Clan

What an Ancient Form of Social Organization Reveals About the Future of Individual Freedom

Author: Mark S. Weiner

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 1466836385

Category: Political Science

Page: 272

View: 8670

A revealing look at the role kin-based societies have played throughout history and around the world A lively, wide-ranging meditation on human development that offers surprising lessons for the future of modern individualism, The Rule of the Clan examines the constitutional principles and cultural institutions of kin-based societies, from medieval Iceland to modern Pakistan. Mark S. Weiner, an expert in constitutional law and legal history, shows us that true individual freedom depends on the existence of a robust state dedicated to the public interest. In the absence of a healthy state, he explains, humans naturally tend to create legal structures centered not on individuals but rather on extended family groups. The modern liberal state makes individualism possible by keeping this powerful drive in check—and we ignore the continuing threat to liberal values and institutions at our peril. At the same time, for modern individualism to survive, liberals must also acknowledge the profound social and psychological benefits the rule of the clan provides and recognize the loss humanity sustains in its transition to modernity. Masterfully argued and filled with rich historical detail, Weiner's investigation speaks both to modern liberal societies and to developing nations riven by "clannism," including Muslim societies in the wake of the Arab Spring.

Njal's Saga

Or, the Story of Burnt Njal

Author: George Webbe Dasent

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486443671

Category: Social Science

Page: 358

View: 8414

Instigated by a spiteful and selfish wife, a grim blood feud between the families of two well-to-do Icelandic landowners spirals out of control, claiming lives and property. Widely regarded as the capstone of Icelandic literary achievement, this gripping thirteenth-century saga not only recounts long and costly battles but documents Viking civic and legal institutions as well. It also presents a cogent exposition of Icelandic religious practices amid stirring tales of war and conquest. The finest English-language version available, this volume includes an informative introduction, editor's notes, and a complete chronology of events.

The divided heart

heroism and violence in the Old French chanson de geste

Author: Jeri Lizabeth Fackelman

Publisher: N.A



Page: N.A

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Genrefied Classics

A Guide to Reading Interests in Classic Literature

Author: Tina Frolund

Publisher: Libraries Unltd Incorporated

ISBN: 9781591581727

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 365

View: 9150

Re-discover the classics--and use the genre approach to promote classic literature to readers.

La Saga De Njal

Author: Anonyme

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781406531237

Category: Fiction

Page: 364

View: 7220

La Saga de Njal (egalement connue sous le nom de Saga de Brennu-Njals ou Histoire de la Brulure de Njall) est discutablement la plus celebre des Saga des Islandais. Parmi des Islandais, la saga designe le plus souvent simplement sous le nom de Njala. Ce texte du XII/XIIIe siecle decrit le deroulement d'une serie de querelles sanglantes. On pense que son auteur est un habitant du Sud-Est de l'ile. Il a la reputation d'etre le plus grand auteur de sagas. Le champ tres large de ses sujets et l'immensite de ses references montrent qu'il devait s'agir de quelqu'un de tres cultive. La saga detaille ce qui s'est passe entre 930 et 1020, periode qui couvre la christianisation de l'ile, en l'an 1000, ainsi que la Bataille de Clontarf, pres de Dublin, en 1014. Bien que le texte corresponde dans les grandes lignes avec l'histoire connue par d'autres sources et que les localites dont il parle ont pu etre retrouvees, les chercheurs essayent encore de determiner quelle part du texte releve de l'histoire et quelle part est fictive. La saga montre notamment la nature destructrice des innombrables querelles, et la maniere dont les Islandais resolvaient ces querelles.

Viking Age Iceland

Author: Jesse L Byock

Publisher: ePenguin


Category: History

Page: 447

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Medieval Iceland was unique amongst Western Europe, with no foreign policy, no defence forces, no king, no lords, no peasants and few battles. It should have been a utopia yet its literature is dominated by brutality and killing. The reasons for this, argues Jesse Byock, lie in the underlying structures and cultural codes of the islands' social order. 'Viking Age Iceland' is an engaging, multi-disciplinary work bringing together findings in anthropology and ethnography interwoven with historical fact and masterful insights into the popular Icelandic sagas, this is a brilliant reconstruction of the inner workings of a unique and intriguing society.

The Real Middle Earth

Exploring the Magic and Mystery of the Middle Ages, J.R.R. Tolkien, and "The Lord of the Rings"

Author: Brian Bates

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 1466891092

Category: History

Page: 320

View: 4847

J.R.R. Tolkien claimed that he based the land of Middle Earth on a real place. The Real Middle Earth brings alive, for the first time, the very real civilization in which those who lived had a vision of life animated by beings beyond the material world. Magic was real to them and they believed their universe was held together by an interlaced web of golden threads visible only to wizards. At its center was Middle Earth, a place peopled by humans, but imbued with spiritual power. It was a real realm that stretched from Old England to Scandinavia and across to western Europe, encompassing Celts, Anglo Saxons and Vikings. Looking first at the rich and varied tribes who made up the populace of this mystical land, Bates looks at how the people lived their daily lives in a world of magic and mystery. Using archaeological, historical, and psychological research, Brian Bates breathes life into this civilization of two thousand years ago in a book that every Tolkien fan will want.


Author: N.A

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 014139367X

Category: Fiction

Page: 208

View: 8513

Part of a new series Legends from the Ancient North, Beowulf is one of the classic books that influenced JRR Tolkien's The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings 'So the company of men led a careless life, All was well with them: until One began To encompass evil, an enemy from hell. Grendel they called this cruel spirit...' J.R.R. Tolkien spent much of his life studying, translating and teaching the great epic stories of northern Europe, filled with heroes, dragons, trolls, dwarves and magic. He was hugely influential for his advocacy of Beowulf as a great work of literature and, even if he had never written The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, would be recognised today as a significant figure in the rediscovery of these extraordinary tales. Legends from the Ancient North brings together from Penguin Classics five of the key works behind Tolkien's fiction.They are startling, brutal, strange pieces of writing, with an elemental power brilliantly preserved in these translations.They plunge the reader into a world of treachery, quests, chivalry, trials of strength.They are the most ancient narratives that exist from northern Europe and bring us as near as we will ever get to the origins of the magical landscape of Middle-earth (Midgard) which Tolkien remade in the 20th century.