Hrafnkel's Saga and Other Icelandic Stories

Hrafnkel's Saga and Other Icelandic Stories

by Hermann Pálsson (Translator)




Written around the thirteenth century AD by Icelandic monks, the seven tales collected here offer a combination of pagan elements tightly woven into the pattern of Christian ethics. They take as their subjects figures who are heroic, but do not fit into the mould of traditional heroes. Some stories concern characters in Iceland - among them Hrafknel's Saga, in which a poor man's son is murdered by his powerful neighbour, and Thorstein the Staff-Struck, which describes an ageing warrior's struggle to settle into a peaceful rural community. Others focus on the adventures of Icelanders abroad, including the compelling Audun's Story, which depicts a farmhand's pilgrimage to Rome. These fascinating tales deal with powerful human emotions, suffering and dignity at a time of profound transition, when traditional ideals were gradually yielding to a more peaceful pastoral lifestyle.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140442380
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/30/1971
Series: Penguin Classics Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

Table of Contents

Hrafnkel's SagaIntroduction
Note on the Translation

1. Hrafnkel's Saga
2. Thorstein the Staff-Struck
3. Ale-Hood
4. Hreidar the Fool
5. Halldor Snorrason
6. Audun's Story
7. Ivar's Story

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