Njal's Saga (The Story of Burnt Njal)

Njal's Saga (The Story of Burnt Njal)

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ISBN-13: 9781547063918
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 06/01/2017
Pages: 350
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.73(d)

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Njal's Saga 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Nickelini on LibraryThing 24 days ago
I really wanted to like this book. I'd enjoyed Beowulf, and thought that this might be something along the same lines, but cooler and more obscure. Unfortunately, it read as a long series of violent episodes. The first time I tried to read it, I could only get to page 66. I tried again a year later and made it to page 120. I just.could.not.do.it. There was just nothing of interest to break up all the violence. Wish I'd liked it.
Rhinoa on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Arguably the most famous of the Icelandic sagas, this history tells of Njal, his sons, friends and surrounding people. It is from the 13th centuary and covers many topics including feuds, impotence, marriage, law etc. Two of the main characters are Gunnar and Njal. Njal is a well known wise man who is an expert in the laws who many turn to for advice. Gunnar is his close friend, but unfortunately their wives do not get on. Gunnar's wife begins a blood feud with Njal's wife where they keep killing people to try to get their husbands to fall out. It's a bit eye for an eyeand very petty.There are villians and heros and eventually both Gunnar and Njal are killed. Gunnar is killed in battle and Njal is burnt to death in his house with his wife. His sons take their revenge and go after the burners and the feuding continues. Parts of it are an excellent view inside Icelandic life at the time mentioning local food etc. It was also interesting to read about the laws at the Althing.It's not all blood, guts limbs and heads being chopped off. It has a sense of humor and a charm to the story, although it did loose me a little after Njal was killed. I loved reading the tale after not long having visited Iceland, it made me want to go back even more. I hope to read more of the sagas in the future.
theageofsilt on LibraryThing 24 days ago
I reread this following a trip to Iceland. It is a difficult book to understand in the way the Bible can be difficult -- there's little explanation of motivation and character is developed almost entirely through the action. It is a work that it is sometimes boring and sometimes thrilling. It is set in Iceland around 1000 AD and was written a few hundred years after the events it depicts. It is an interesting insight into a society that tries to deal with the essential violence of human nature. Payment of compensation for a murder or complicated legal proceedings sometimes prevent a cycle of killing and revenge killings. With so much homicide, it's a wonder that Iceland wasn't entirely depopulated.
eyja on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Of all the sagas, this one has the most political drama and there are parts that I really enjoy in it. Definitely recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gives one an idea of the Icelandic law in Viking times.
Ruthven More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.