The Saga of the Volsungs

Author: Jesse L Byock
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 9780141921556
Release Date: 2004-05-27
Genre: Fiction

Based on Viking Age poems, The Saga of the Volsungs combines mythology, legend and sheer human drama. At its heart are the heroic deeds of Sigurd the dragon slayer who acquires magical knowledge from one of Odin's Valkyries. Yet it is also set in a very human world, incorporating strands from the oral narratives of the fourth and fifth centuries, when Attila the Hun and other warriors fought on the northern frontiers of the Roman Empire. One of the great books of world literature, the saga is an unforgettable tale of princely jealousy, unrequited love, greed and vengeance. With its cursed treasure of the Rhine, sword reforged and magic ring of power, it was a major influence for writers including William Morris and J. R. R. Tolkein and for Wagner's Ring cycle.

The Saga of King Hrolf Kraki

Author: Jesse L Byock
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 9780141914091
Release Date: 2005-06-30
Genre: Fiction

Composed in medieval Iceland, Hrolf's Saga is one of the greatest of all mythic-legendary sagas, relating half-fantastical events that were said to have occurred in fifth-century Denmark. It tells of the exploits of King Hrolf and of his famous champions, including Bodvar Bjarki, the 'bear-warrior': a powerful figure whose might and bear-like nature are inspired by the same legendary heritage as Beowulf. Depicting a world of wizards, sorceresses and 'berserker' fighters - originally members of a cult of Odin - this is a compelling tale of ancient magic. A work of timeless power and beauty, it offers both a treasury of Icelandic prose and a masterful gathering of epic, cultic memory, traditional folk tale and myths from the Viking age and far earlier.

The Saga of the People of Laxardal and Bolli Bollason s Tale

Author: Leifur Eiricksson
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 9780141917429
Release Date: 2008-04-24
Genre: Fiction

The action of the saga takes place at the end of the tenth century, at about the time Scandinavia was converting from worship of Norse gods to Christianity. A masterpiece of medieval literature, the story focuses on two families — that of Hoskuld, a prominent farmer with several sons, and that of Gudrun, the most beautiful woman ever born in Iceland.

The Saga of the Volsungs

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Publisher: Hackett Publishing
ISBN: 9781624666353
Release Date: 2017-07-31
Genre: Fiction

From the translator of the bestselling Poetic Edda (Hackett, 2015) comes a gripping new rendering of two of the greatest sagas of Old Norse literature. Together the two sagas recount the story of seven generations of a single legendary heroic family and comprise our best source of traditional lore about its members—including, among others, the dragon-slayer Sigurd, Brynhild the Valkyrie, and the Viking chieftain Ragnar Lothbrok.

The Saga of Grettir the Strong

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Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 9780141937922
Release Date: 2005-05-26
Genre: Fiction

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.

Grettir s Saga

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Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 9780192801524
Release Date: 2009-06-11
Genre: Social Science

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.

Orkneyinga Saga

Author: Hermann Pálsson
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0140443835
Release Date: 1981
Genre: History

A Norse saga recounts the conquest of the northern Scottish isles by the Viking kings of Norway during the ninth century

Seven Viking Romances

Author: none
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 9780141966809
Release Date: 2005-05-26
Genre: Fiction

Combining traditional myth, oral history and re-worked European legend to depict an ancient realm of heroism and wonder, the seven tales collected here are among the most fantastical of all the Norse romances. Powerfully inspired works of Icelandic imagination, they relate intriguing, often comical tales of famous kings, difficult gods and women of great beauty, goodness or cunning. The tales plunder a wide range of earlier literature from Homer to the French romances - as in the tale of the wandering hero Arrow-Odd, which combines several older legends, or Egil and Asmund, where the story of Odysseus and the Cyclops is skilfully adapted into a traditional Norse legend. These are among the most outrageous, delightful and exhilarating tales in all Icelandic literature.

Sagas and Myths of the Northmen

Author: Jesse L Byock
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 9780141026411
Release Date: 2006-05-04
Genre: Fiction

Journey into a realm of legend, where heroes from an ancient age do battle with savage monsters, and every man must live or die by the sword. When a dragon threatens the people of the north, only one man can destroy the fearsome beast.JElsewhere, a mighty leader gathers a court of champions, including a noble warrior under a terrible curse.

The Elder Edda

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Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 9780141393735
Release Date: 2013-11-07
Genre: Fiction

Part of a new series Legends from the Ancient North, The Elder Edda is one of the classic books that influenced JRR Tolkien's The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings 'So the company of men led a careless life, All was well with them: until One began To encompass evil, an enemy from hell. Grendel they called this cruel spirit...' J.R.R. Tolkien spent much of his life studying, translating and teaching the great epic stories of northern Europe, filled with heroes, dragons, trolls, dwarves and magic. He was hugely influential for his advocacy of Beowulf as a great work of literature and, even if he had never written The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, would be recognised today as a significant figure in the rediscovery of these extraordinary tales. Legends from the Ancient North brings together from Penguin Classics five of the key works behind Tolkien's fiction.They are startling, brutal, strange pieces of writing, with an elemental power brilliantly preserved in these translations.They plunge the reader into a world of treachery, quests, chivalry, trials of strength.They are the most ancient narratives that exist from northern Europe and bring us as near as we will ever get to the origins of the magical landscape of Middle-earth (Midgard) which Tolkien remade in the 20th century.

Comic Sagas and Tales from Iceland

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Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 9780141975528
Release Date: 2013-03-07
Genre: Fiction

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.

The Prose Edda

Author: Snorri Sturluson
Publisher: Charles River Editors via PublishDrive
ISBN: 9781629214146
Release Date: 2018-03-22
Genre: Poetry

The Prose Edda was written in the 13th century by Snorri Sturluson.It is a compilation of Scandinavian poetry describing many of their myths and folklore. This edition was translated by Arthur Gilchrist Brodeur in 1916.Heraklion Press has included a linked table of contents.

Eirik the Red and Other Icelandic Sagas

Author: Gwyn Jones
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 0192835300
Release Date: 1999
Genre: History

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 Prey," "Thidrandi whom the Goddesses Slew," "Authun and the Bear," "Gunnlaug Wormtongue," "King Hrolf and his Champions," and the title piece.

The Sagas of Ragnar Lodbrok

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Publisher: Lulu.com
ISBN: 9780578021386
Release Date: 2009-04
Genre: Fiction

Although based on historical persons from the 9th century, Ragnar Lodbrok and his sons are the subjects of compelling legends dating from the Viking era. Warriors, raiders, and rulers, Ragnar and his sons inspired unknown writers to set down their stories over seven centuries ago. This volume presents new and original translations of the three major Old Norse texts that tell Ragnar's story: the Saga of Ragnar Lodbrok, the Tale of Ragnar's Sons, and the Sogubrot. Ragnar's death song, the Krakumal, and a Latin fragment called the List of Swedish Kings, complete the story. Extensive notes and commentary are provided, helping the reader to enter the world of these timeless stories of Viking adventure.