Grettir's Saga

Grettir's Saga

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'You will be made an outlaw, forced always to live in the wilds and to live alone.'A sweeping epic of the Viking Age, Grettir's Saga follows the life of the outlaw Grettir the Strong as he battles against sorcery, bad luck, and the vengefulness of his enemies. Feared by many, Grettir is a warrior and also a poet and a lover, who is afraid of the dark. Unable to resolve thedispute that has outlawed him, he lives outside the bounds of family life and he roams the countryside, ridding Iceland and Norway of berserker warriors, trolls, and the walking dead. The saga presents a poignant story of medieval Icelandic society, combining details of everyday legal disputes withfolklore and legend. Written in the fourteenth century, but based on earlier oral and written sources, Grettir's Saga, with its scathing humour, explicit verses, and fantastic monsters, is among the most famous and widely read of Iceland's sagas.This new translation features extensive illustrative material to elucidate the story.
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2009
ISBN: 9780192801524
Call Number: 839.63 G868b
Characteristics: xxxi, 290 p. : ill., maps, geneal. tables ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Poole, Russell Gilbert
Byock, Jesse L.


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