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Combining traditional myth, oral history and re-worked European legend to depict an ancient realm of heroism and wonder, the seven tales collected here are among the most fantastical of all the Norse romances. Powerfully inspired works of Icelandic imagination, they relate intriguing, often comical tales of famous kings, difficult gods and women of great beauty, goodness or cunning. The tales plunder a wide range of earlier literature from Homer to the French romances—as in the tale of the wandering hero Arrow-Odd, which combines several older legends, or Egil and Asmund, where the story of Odysseus and the Cyclops is skilfully adapted into a traditional Norse legend. These are among the most outrageous, delightful and exhilarating tales in all Icelandic literature.
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Table of Contents
Translated by Hermann Pálsson and Paul Edwards
Maps: Europe of the Viking Romances
Note on the Texts and Translations
Seven Viking Romances
Bosi and Herraud
Egil and Asmund
Appendix: Sources and parallels of Arrow-Odd
List of Proper Names
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Here is a charming collection of Viking tales full of battle, dragons, giants, warriors, and even a little sex (rare in Norse stories). Told in a way that is fluid and readable this amusing little selection lacks the dullness of the family sagas or the tedium of the later works. Stately Pagan.