The Sagas of the Icelanders

The Sagas of the Icelanders
Author: Jane Smilely
Publsiher: Penguin UK
Total Pages: 348
Release: 2005-02-24
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9780141933269

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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.

Barbarians in the Sagas of Icelanders

Barbarians in the Sagas of Icelanders
Author: William H. Norman
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 206
Release: 2021-07-30
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 9781000415803

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This book explores accounts in the Sagas of Icelanders of encounters with foreign peoples, both abroad and in Iceland, who are portrayed according to stereotypes which vary depending on their origins. Notably, inhabitants of the places identified in the sagas as Írland, Skotland and Vínland are portrayed as being less civilized than the Icelanders themselves. This book explores the ways in which the Íslendingasögur emphasize this relative barbarity through descriptions of diet, material culture, style of warfare and character. These characteristics are discussed in relation to parallel descriptions of Icelandic characters and lifestyle within the Íslendingasögur, and also in the context of a tradition in contemporary European literature, which portrayed the Icelanders themselves as barbaric. Comparisons are made with descriptions of barbarians in classical Roman texts, primarily Sallust, but also Caesar and Tacitus, showing striking similarities between Roman and Icelandic ideas about barbarians.

An Introduction to the Sagas of Icelanders

An Introduction to the Sagas of Icelanders
Author: Carl Phelpstead
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2020-08-06
Genre: Electronic Book
ISBN: 0813066514

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Combining an accessible approach with innovative scholarship, An Introduction to the Sagas of Icelanders provides up-to-date perspectives on a unique medieval literary genre that has fascinated the English-speaking world for more than two centuries. Carl Phelpstead draws on historical context, contemporary theory, and close reading to deepen our understanding of Icelandic saga narratives about the island's early history. Phelpstead explores the origins and cultural setting of the genre, demonstrating the rich variety of oral and written source traditions that writers drew on to produce the sagas. He provides fresh, theoretically informed discussions of major themes such as national identity, gender and sexuality, and nature and the supernatural, relating the Old Norse-Icelandic texts to questions addressed by postcolonial studies, feminist and queer theory, and ecocriticism. He then presents readings of select individual sagas, pointing out how the genre's various source traditions and thematic concerns interact. Including an overview of the history of English translations that shows how they have been stimulated and shaped by ideas about identity, and featuring a glossary of critical terms, this book is an essential resource for students of the literary form. A volume in the series New Perspectives on Medieval Literature: Authors and Traditions, edited by R. Barton Palmer and Tison Pugh

Icelanders in the Viking Age

Icelanders in the Viking Age
Author: William R. Short
Publsiher: McFarland
Total Pages: 283
Release: 2010-03-02
Genre: History
ISBN: 9780786447275

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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 Icelandic religion, social customs, the settlement of disputes, and major milestones in life of Viking-Age Icelanders. Issues of dispute among scholars, such as the nature of settlement and the division of land, are addressed in the text.

Comic Sagas and Tales from Iceland

Comic Sagas and Tales from Iceland
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: Penguin UK
Total Pages: 384
Release: 2013-03-07
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9780141975528

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Comic Sagas and Tales brings together the very finest Icelandic stories from the thirteenth to the fifteenth centuries, a time of civil unrest and social upheaval. With feuding families and moments of grotesque violence, the sagas see such classic mythological figures as murdered fathers, disguised beggars, corrupt chieftains and avenging sons do battle with axes, words and cunning. The tales, meanwhile, follow heroes and comical fools through dreams, voyages and religious conversions in medieval Iceland and beyond. Shaped by Iceland's oral culture and their conversion to Christianity, these stories are works of ironic humour and stylistic innovation.

Men and Masculinities in the Sagas of Icelanders

Men and Masculinities in the Sagas of Icelanders
Author: Gareth Lloyd Evans
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2019-01-10
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 9780192566850

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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.

Sagas of the Icelanders

Sagas of the Icelanders
Author: Tucker, David
Publsiher: Taylor & Francis
Total Pages: 383
Release: 1989
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: UCSC:32106008579283

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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.

The Vinland Sagas

The Vinland Sagas
Author: Leifur Eiricksson
Publsiher: Penguin UK
Total Pages: 144
Release: 2019-05-23
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9780141991559

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The Saga of the Greenlanders and Eirik the Red’s Saga contain the first ever descriptions of North America, a bountiful land of grapes and vines, discovered by Vikings five centuries before Christopher Columbus. Written down in the early thirteenth century, they recount the Icelandic settlement of Greenland by Eirik the Red, the chance discovery by seafaring adventurers of a mysterious new land, and Eirik’s son Leif the Lucky’s perilous voyages to explore it. Wrecked by storms, stricken by disease and plagued by navigational mishaps, some survived the North Atlantic to pass down this compelling tale of the first Europeans to talk with, trade with, and war with the Native Americans.

The Cambridge Introduction to the Old Norse Icelandic Saga

The Cambridge Introduction to the Old Norse Icelandic Saga
Author: Margaret Clunies Ross
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2010-10-28
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 9781139492645

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The medieval Norse-Icelandic saga is one of the most important European vernacular literary genres of the Middle Ages. This Introduction to the saga genre outlines its origins and development, its literary character, its material existence in manuscripts and printed editions, and its changing reception from the Middle Ages to the present time. Its multiple sub-genres - including family sagas, mythical-heroic sagas and sagas of knights - are described and discussed in detail, and the world of medieval Icelanders is powerfully evoked. The first general study of the Old Norse-Icelandic saga to be written in English for some decades, the Introduction is based on up-to-date scholarship and engages with current debates in the field. With suggestions for further reading, detailed information about the Icelandic literary canon, and a map of medieval Iceland, this book is aimed at students of medieval literature and assumes no prior knowledge of Scandinavian languages.

The Complete Sagas of Icelanders Including 49 Tales

The Complete Sagas of Icelanders  Including 49 Tales
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 472
Release: 1997
Genre: Old Norse literature
ISBN: STANFORD:36105022826890

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Iceland

Iceland
Author: David Roberts
Publsiher: Harry N Abrams Incorporated
Total Pages: 159
Release: 1990
Genre: Travel
ISBN: STANFORD:36105034793864

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Saga

Saga
Author: Jeff Janoda
Publsiher: Chicago Review Press
Total Pages: 361
Release: 2014-05-01
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9780897336741

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This retelling of the ancient Saga of the People of Eyri is a modern classic. Absolutely gripping and compulsively readable, Booklist said this book, "does what good historical fiction is supposed to do: put a face on history that is recognizable to all." And medieval expert Tom Shippey, writing for the Times Literary Supplement said, "Sagas look like novels superficially, in their size and layout and plain language, but making their narratives into novels is a trick which has proved beyond most who have tried it. Janoda's Saga provides a model of how to do it: pick out the hidden currents, imagine how they would seem to peripheral characters, and as with all historical novels, load the narrative with period detail drawn from the scholars. No better saga adaptation has been yet written."

Eirik the Red and Other Icelandic Sagas

Eirik the Red and Other Icelandic Sagas
Author: Gwyn Jones
Publsiher: Oxford University Press, USA
Total Pages: 318
Release: 1999
Genre: History
ISBN: 0192835300

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Selected by Gwyn Jones--the eminent Celtic scholar--for their excellence and variety, these nine Icelandic sagas include "Hen-Thorir," "The Vapnfjord Men," "Thorstein Staff-Struck," "Hrafnkel the Priest of Frey," "Thidrandi whom the Goddesses Slew," "Authun and the Bear," "Gunnlaug Wormtongue," "King Hrolf and his Champions," and the title piece.

Violence and Risk in Medieval Iceland

Violence and Risk in Medieval Iceland
Author: Oren Falk
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2021-03-25
Genre: History
ISBN: 9780192635570

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Historians spend a lot of time thinking about violence: bloodshed and feats of heroism punctuate practically every narration of the past. Yet historians have been slow to subject 'violence' itself to conceptual analysis. What aspects of the past do we designate violent? To what methodological assumptions do we commit ourselves when we employ this term? How may we approach the category 'violence' in a specifically historical way, and what is it that we explain when we write its history? Astonishingly, such questions are seldom even voiced, much less debated, in the historical literature. Violence and Risk in Medieval Iceland: This Spattered Isle lays out a cultural history model for understanding violence. Using interdisciplinary tools, it argues that violence is a positively constructed asset, deployed along three principal axes - power, signification, and risk. Analysing violence in instrumental terms, as an attempt to coerce others, focuses on power. Analysing it in symbolic terms, as an attempt to communicate meanings, focuses on signification. Finally, analysing it in cognitive terms, as an attempt to exercise agency despite imperfect control over circumstances, focuses on risk. Violence and Risk in Medieval Iceland explores a place and time notorious for its rampant violence. Iceland's famous sagas hold treasure troves of circumstantial data, ideally suited for past-tense ethnography, yet demand that the reader come up with subtle and innovative methodologies for recovering histories from their stories. The sagas throw into sharp relief the kinds of analytic insights we obtain through cultural interpretation, offering lessons that apply to other epochs too.

Feud in the Icelandic Saga

Feud in the Icelandic Saga
Author: Jesse L. Byock
Publsiher: Univ of California Press
Total Pages: 293
Release: 1993-03-09
Genre: History
ISBN: 0520082591

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Byock sees the crucial element in the origin of the Icelandic sagas not as the introduction of writing or the impact of literary borrowings from the continent but the subject of the tales themselves - feud. This simple thesis is developed into a thorough examination of Icelandic society and feud, and of the narrative technique of recounting it.