Hrafnkel's Saga And Other Icelandic Stories

byAnonymousTranslated byHermann PálssonIntroduction byHermann Pálsson

April 30, 1971|
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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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Hrafnkel's SagaIntroductionNote on the Translation1. Hrafnkel's Saga2. Thorstein the Staff-Struck3. Ale-Hood4. Hreidar the Fool5. Halldor Snorrason6. Audun's Story7. Ivar's StoryList of Personal NamesMaps
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Title:Hrafnkel's Saga And Other Icelandic Stories
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:144 pages, 8 X 5.1 X 0.4 in
Shipping dimensions:144 pages, 8 X 5.1 X 0.4 in
Published:April 30, 1971
Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780140442380

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