Njal's Saga

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Written in the thirteenth century, Njal's Saga is a story that 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 beyond their control. It is populated by memorable and complex characters like Gunnar of Hlidarendi, a powerful warrior with an aversion to killing, and the not-so-villainous Mord Valgardsson. Full of dreams, strange prophecies, violent ...

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Overview

Written in the thirteenth century, Njal's Saga is a story that 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 beyond their control. It is populated by memorable and complex characters like Gunnar of Hlidarendi, a powerful warrior with an aversion to killing, and the not-so-villainous Mord Valgardsson. Full of dreams, strange prophecies, violent power struggles, and fragile peace agreements, Njal's Saga tells the compelling story of a fifty-year blood feud that, despite its distance from us in time and place, is driven by passions familiar to us all. This Penguin Classics edition includes an introduction, chronology, index of characters, plot summary, explanatory notes, maps, and suggestions for further reading.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140447699
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/2002
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 271,892
  • Product dimensions: 5.21 (w) x 7.82 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Cook, born and raised in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, was educated at Princeton, Zurich, and Johns Hopkins and taught English medieval literature at Tulane University in New Orleans for twenty-seven years. In 1990 he moved to Reykjavik to serve as professor of English literature at the University of Iceland.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2013

    Really good

    Gives one an idea of the Icelandic law in Viking times.

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  • Posted April 17, 2011

    Simply Amazing

    I have read my share of Icelandic sagas and I must say this is my favorite yet. This is the longest of the family sagas. Saga readers will encounter many familiar faces, but even those who have never read a saga before should pick this up. This is a great text to get a feel for the great writing tradition of medieval Iceland. This edition contains excellent footnotes that will help the reader put the stories into perspective. Do not miss this amazing experience.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2002

    Lusty fun from Old Iceland

    One of the classic Icelandic sagas, Njal's Saga relates the often complex world of medieval Iceland. Feuds, duels, and constant sexual tension weave their way through this exciting tale. Great fun and a wonderful new translation.

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