Egil's Saga

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Penguin, 1976 - Sagas - 254 pages
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'Egilís Saga' is thought to have been written by Snorri Sturluson in about 1230. Embracing five generations, commencing with Egilís grandfathers and ending with Egilís grandson, it chronicles the wars, rivalries and tensions of the ruling clans of Iceland and Norway. Adding flesh to the bare bones of historical fact and blending invention with legend, the Saga gives a wide-ranging view of life in the Viking world of the ninth and tenth centuries.

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User Review  - Bryan Johnson - Goodreads

Fun read. No rune-like antiquated language to decipher and the storytelling felt contemporary with an awesomely brutal anti-hero. Egil was a total thug but always seemed seemed to be within his rights when sinking his axe handle-deep into some fellow Norsemen's head. Read full review

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User Review  - mwr - Goodreads

Look, I read this last year inside of an anthology. It is my favorite saga. I don't want to spoil it by explaining why. Please, if you are reading this review, read this work. Read Njal's Saga too, even if you don't like this one. But, read this one. Read full review

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Note on the Translation
Glossary of Proper Names
Chronological Note
Norway 1
Norway 2
West Iceland
Bord and Environs

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About the author (1976)

Snorri Sturluson's fame as a historian---his main work is the 16 sagas included in Heimskringla (c.1230), a monumental history of Norway from its beginning until 1177---lies both in his critical approach to sources and in his fine, realistic exposition of event and motivation. A similar combination of scholarly and imaginative talent is seen in The Prose Edda (c.1220). Intended to be a handbook in skaldic poetry, it preserves invaluable mythological tales that were on the verge of being forgotten even in Sturluson's time. A large part of what we know about Nordic mythology stems from his Edda. The bibliography that follows also lists the anonymous Egil's Saga (1200--30), which many expert Scandinavian medievalists (e.g., Sigurdur Nordal and Bjorn M. Olsen) attribute to Sturluson. It is a fascinating account of life in Norway, England, and Iceland and of the poet-warrior Egil, whose skaldic verse is renowned for its unusual emotional and personal qualities. Snorri Sturluson's own life was as eventful as those about whom he wrote. Returning to Iceland from exile in 1239, he again became deeply involved in serious power struggles and was murdered in 1241.

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