Eirik the Red and other Icelandic Sagas

Paperback | November 9, 2008

EditorGwyn Jones

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The remote and inhospitable landscape of Iceland made it a perfect breeding-ground for heroes. The first Norsemen to colonize it in 860 found that the fight for survival demanded high courage and tough self reliance; it also nurtured a stern sense of duty and an uncompromising view ofdestiny. The Icelandic sagas relate the adventurous lives of individuals and families between 930 and 1030, which began as oral tales but were skilfully documented in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, and are now regarded as written literature.

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The remote and inhospitable landscape of Iceland made it a perfect breeding-ground for heroes. The first Norsemen to colonize it in 860 found that the fight for survival demanded high courage and tough self reliance; it also nurtured a stern sense of duty and an uncompromising view ofdestiny. The Icelandic sagas relate the adventurou...

Gwyn Jones was Professor of English Language and Literature at University College, Cardiff. The author of many books including three collections of short stories and A History of the Vikings (1968), he is a translator of The Mabinogion, former editor of The Welsh Review, and the editor of two earlier anthologies of Welsh short stories...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.59 inPublished:November 9, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199539154

ISBN - 13:9780199539154

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