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📒Grettir S Saga ✍ Denton Fox
✏Grettir s Saga Book Summary : Grettir's saga is the last of the great Icelandic sagas. It tells the life and death of Grettir, a great rebel, individualist, and romantic hero. This volume includes genealogies and a study of the legal system.
✏Grettir s Saga Book Summary : 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. Among the most famous and widely read of Iceland's sagas, this new translation features extensive illustrative material to elucidate the story.
✏The Saga of Grettir the Strong Book Summary : Composed at the end of the fourteenth century by an unknown author, The Saga of Grettir the Strong is one of the last great Icelandic sagas. It relates the tale of Grettir, an eleventh-century warrior struggling to hold on to the values of a heroic age becoming eclipsed by Christianity and a more pastoral lifestyle. Unable to settle into a community of farmers, Grettir becomes the aggressive scourge of both honest men and evil monsters - until, following a battle with the sinister ghost Glam, he is cursed to endure a life of tortured loneliness away from civilisation, fighting giants, trolls and berserks. A mesmerising combination of pagan ideals and Christian faith, this is a profoundly moving conclusion to the Golden Age of the saga writing.
📒Oedipus Borealis ✍ Edna Edith Sayers
✏Oedipus Borealis Book Summary : "After examining characters widely disparate from the saga skalds, the model holds: only in the narratives having a Christian purpose do we find the link among disability, deformity, sexual aberrance, wisdom, craft, and power broken. With the would-be Icelandic saint, Gudmund the Good, disability is no longer the mark of a great man, but now appears in its modern interpretation: a character-building setback that the hero must overcome."--BOOK JACKET.
✏Grettis Saga Book Summary : One of the many Icelandic sagas translated by Morris, Grettis Saga: The Story of Grettir the Strong follows the story of the title character--a petty thief, grave robber and murderer named Grettir Asmudson. Grettir sets off on a journey to better his reputation by killing and warding off supernatural beings that have harmed the people in his village. This translation includes a detailed chronology of events and in-depth table of contents as well as a lengthy introduction by Morris' co-translator, Eiríkr Magnússon.
📒Chaos Love ✍ Thomas Bredsdorff
✏Chaos Love Book Summary : 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. Chaos and Love presents the reader with a number of such narratives, studies the notions of guilt and the 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.
✏Viga Glum s saga tr with notes by sir E Head Book Summary :
✏THE SAGA OF GRETTIR THE STRONG A Viking Legend Book Summary : In this saga, Grettir's life is told from beginning to end. As a child, he is rebellious and bad-tempered. He is described as red haired, freckled, and broad around the eyes. But he is also courageous. He takes on and defeats a draugr, a walking corpse or Norse equivalent of a zombie. But in doing so he is cursed, and this is thought to be the cause of his later misfortunes. At times Grettir falls into the role of a bona fide hero, but he is blamed for setting fire to a hall, killing many men, and is condemned by the Thing (assembly) to outlawry (although many suspect the validity of this sentence). This means that anyone may attempt to kill him without legal penalty and citizens are forbidden to help in any way. Many attempts are made but none succeed. This is not dissimilar to the Saga of Gisli. Grettir eventually becomes the longest surviving outlaw in Icelandic history. When he has completed nearly 20 years as an outlaw, his friends and family ask for his outlawry to be lifted, arguing that a man may not spend more than 20 years as an outlaw (in reality there was no such law in medieval Iceland). After a debate at the assembly, it is decided that the outlawry will be lifted when he has truly completed the 20 years, but not before. His enemies make one last effort, using sorcery causing him to wound himself and finally defeat him in the lonely, fortress-like Drangey off the northern tip of Iceland where he was staying with his brother Illugi, and slave Glaumur. Later, in Constantinople where the Norse served as the Varangian Guard to the Emperor, Grettir's half brother, Thorsteinn of Dromund, avenges his murder. 33% of the net profit from the sale of this book will be donated to charity.
📒Beowulf Second Edition ✍ Anonymous
✏Beowulf Second Edition Book Summary : R.M. Liuzza’s translation of Beowulf, first published by Broadview in 1999, has been widely praised for its accuracy and beauty. The translation is accompanied in this edition by genealogical charts, historical summaries, and a glossary of proper names. Historical appendices include related legends, stories, and religious writings from both Christian and Anglo-Saxon traditions. These texts help readers to see Beowulf as an exploration of the politics of kingship and the psychology of heroism, and as an early English meditation on the bridges and chasms between the pagan past and the Christian present. Appendices also include a generous sample of other modern translations of Beowulf, shedding light on the process of translating the poem. This new edition features an updated introduction and an expanded section of material on Christianity and paganism.
📒Iceland ✍ Cathy Harlow
✏Iceland Book Summary : Third edition, providing the independent traveller with details of the popular destinations and places to visit off the beaten track.