Egil's Saga

Egil's Saga

by Anonymous

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Egil's Saga by Anonymous

The oldest transcript of "Egil's Saga" dates back to 1240 AD. Annonymously written, this epic Icelandic saga tells the story of the long and brutal life of tenth-century warrior-poet, Egil Skallagrissmon. It recounts Egil's progression from youthful barbarity to mature understanding as he struggles to defend his honor in a running feud with the Norwegian king, Erik Bloodaxe and fight for the English king, Athelstan in his battles against Scotland. Throughout there are vivid descriptions of his other fights, friendships, and voyages, most of which are surrounded by battle. Egil's versatile nature reflects the ambivalent qualities and relationships of his family, highlighted by his jealously and fondness for his older brother. Starting in Norway around 850 AD, the saga covers a long period of time, ending around the year 1000 AD. The stages of Egil's life are narrated by his frequent segments of poetry. Exploring issues as varied as the power of poetry, the question of loyalty and the relationship between two brothers, Egil's Saga is a captivating depiction of an acutely human character.

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ISBN-13: 9781420909357
Publisher: Neeland Media LLC
Publication date: 10/04/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 2 MB

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