The Sagas Of The Icelanders

Author: Jane Smiley
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0141933267
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In Iceland, the age of the Vikings is also known as the Saga Age. A unique body of medieval literature, the Sagas rank with the world’s great literary treasures – as epic as Homer, as deep in tragedy as Sophocles, as engagingly human as Shakespeare. Set around the turn of the last millennium, these stories depict with an astonishingly modern realism the lives and deeds of the Norse men and women who first settled in Iceland and of their descendants, who ventured farther west to Greenland and, ultimately, North America. Sailing as far from the archetypal heroic adventure as the long ships did from home, the Sagas are written with psychological intensity, peopled by characters with depth, and explore perennial human issues like love, hate, fate and freedom.

Sagas Of The Icelanders

Author: John Tucker
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
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A collection of essays on Icelandic sagas from the middle ages, which concern the earliest period of Icelandic history. Includes references.

Men And Masculinities In The Sagas Of Icelanders

Author: Gareth Lloyd Evans
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0192566857
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This volume is the first book-length study of masculinities in the Sagas of Icelanders. Spanning the entire corpus of the Sagas of Icelanders—and taking into account a number of little-studied sagas as well as the more well-known works—it comprehensively interrogates the construction, operation, and problematization of masculinities in this genre. Men and Masculinities in the Sagas of Icelanders elucidates the dominant model of masculinity that operates in the sagas, demonstrates how masculinities and masculine characters function within these texts, and investigates the means by which the sagas, and saga characters, may subvert masculine dominance. Combining close literary analysis with insights drawn from sociological theories of hegemonic and subordinated masculinities, notions of homosociality and performative gender, and psychoanalytic frameworks, the book brings to men and masculinities in saga literature the same scrutiny traditionally brought to the study of women and femininities. Ultimately, the volume demonstrates that masculinity is not simply glorified in the sagas, but is represented as being both inherently fragile and a burden to all characters, masculine and non-masculine alike.

Icelanders In The Viking Age

Author: William R. Short
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 9780786456079
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The Sagas of Icelanders are enduring stories from Viking-age Iceland filled with love and romance, battles and feuds, tragedy and comedy. Yet these tales are little read today, even by lovers of literature. The culture and history of the people depicted in the Sagas are often unfamiliar to the modern reader, though the audience for whom the tales were intended would have had an intimate understanding of the material. This text introduces the modern reader to the daily lives and material culture of the Vikings. Topics covered include religion, housing, social customs, the settlement of disputes, and the early history of Iceland. Issues of dispute among scholars, such as the nature of settlement and the division of land, are addressed in the text.

The Saga Of Gisli The Outlaw

Author: George Johnston
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
ISBN: 9780802062192
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The Saga of Gisli was written early in the thirteenth century. It offers an imaginative reconstruction of the story of a man and his family who came to Iceland from Norway about AD 960. Soon after 960 Gisli, the central figure, was outlawed for killing his brother-in-law, and then, for thirteen years or more, he lived in hiding in remote parts of the northwest of Iceland until he was finally caught and killed by his enemies. Around this imaginative core the author has spun a web of conflicting passions - love, hare and jealousy between man and wife, brother and sister, brother-in-law - intricate emotional bonds which are here seen ironically patterned against a background of inevitable fate. Gisli, the hero, is portrayed not only as a man of strength and courage, but also a poet and dreamer, tormented in his outlawry by nightmarish visions which seem gradualy to sap his will to resist. The author's probing into the emotional depths of his characters, the superbly effective architecture of his narrative leading to the central climax, his sense of the dramatic, and his cool, compelling style all combine to make this one of the most memorable of all the Icelandic sagas.

The Growth Of The Medieval Icelandic Sagas 1180 1280

Author: Theodore Murdock Andersson
Publisher: Cornell University Press
ISBN: 9780801444081
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Andersson introduces readers to the development of the Icelandic sagas between 1180 and 1280, a crucial period that witnessed a gradual shift of emphasis from tales of adventure and personal distinction to the analysis of politics and history.

Icelanders Sagas

Author: Books LLC
Publisher: Books LLC
ISBN: 9781155624686
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Purchase includes free access to book updates online and a free trial membership in the publisher's book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Chapters: Sagas of Icelanders, Njls Saga, Hrafnkels Saga, Bolli Bollason, Grnlendinga Saga, Gsla Saga, Egils Saga, Saga of Erik the Red, Grettis Saga, Kormks Saga, Gunnlaugs Saga Ormstungu, Bolli orleiksson, Laxdla Saga, Eyrbyggja Saga, Bandamanna Saga, Fstbrra Saga, Hallfrear Saga, Mruvallabk, Bjarnar Saga Htdlakappa, Heiarvga Saga, Hvarar Saga sfirings, Vinland Sagas, Vatnsd]la Saga, slenzk Fornrit, Droplaugarsona Saga, Vga-Glms Saga, Fljtsd]la Saga, Asmund the White, Krka-Refs Saga, H]nsna-ris Saga, Snorri orbrandsson, Finnboga Saga Ramma, lkofra Saga, Brar Saga Sn]fellsss, Vpnfiringa Saga, Reykd]la Saga Ok Vga-Sktu, orsteins Saga Su-Hallssonar, Harar Saga Ok Hlmverja, orsteins Saga Hvta, Ljsvetninga Saga, Kjalnesinga Saga, Bergrshvoll, Svarfd]la Saga, Gunnars Saga Keldugnpsffls, Hrana Saga Hrings, rar Saga Hreu, Vglundar Saga, Gull-ris Saga, Valla-Ljts Saga, Flamanna Saga, Saga Age. Excerpt: Asmund the White is a character mentioned in Njla, a 13th century epic that is the most famous of the Icelandic sagas . The epic describes the progress of a series of blood feuds . Its author is believed to have been an inhabitant of southeast Iceland; little more is known. It has a deservedly high reputation as the greatest of the Icelanders' sagas. The breadth of its subject matter and the references within the text indicate that the author must have been extremely well-read and literate. It details events which were supposed to have occurred between 930 and 1020, and thus covers the period of Christian conversion in 999, as well as detailing events at the Battle of Clontarf outside Dublin in 1014. A hyperlinked version of this chapter is at Bandamanna saga ( listen (help info )) is one of the sagas of Icelanders . The story starts wi...

Chaos And Love

Author: Thomas Bredsdorff
Publisher: Museum Tusculanum Press
ISBN: 9788772895703
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The Icelandic Family Sagas -- major medieval prose epics such as Egil's Saga, Laxdaela Saga, Njal's Saga, Hrafnkel's Saga -- present detailed sophisticated images of a society in which man acts and suffers the consequences of his actions -- or have them visited upon others. Feuds rage and disaster triumphs. The book introduces the reader to a number of such narratives, studies the notions of guilt and causes embedded in them, and, as a result of the study, suggests that reckless erotic desire, is often at the root of the evil. When love is practised within the boundaries set by family and tradition, peace prevails. When love is pursued as a means of individual satisfaction, regardless of the views of others, disaster prevails. The rules of society, notably the rules of feud, designed to balance competing forces, tend rather to aggravate the disasters, sometimes, as in Laxdaela and Njala, to the extent that only Christian divine grace can restore the peace.