Sagas of Warrior-poets

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Diana Whaley
Penguin Books Limited, Aug 29, 2002 - Fiction - 345 pages
2 Reviews
Lovers, poets, and dragon-slaying heroes populate the gripping Icelandic sagas included in this collection. Part of Penguin Classics' new eight-volume Icelandic Saga collection, this volume includes stories that were composed in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries and are set more than two hundred years earlier-a time when the old Viking ethos of honor and heroic adventure merged with new ideas of romantic infatuation. Set in the farmsteads of Viking-age Iceland, each of these sagas features poet heroes, complex love triangles, and travels to foreign lands. In her informative introduction, Diana Whaley highlights these important themes and reveals how the authors used these tales to entertain, to preserve and shape traditions about the past, and to explore vital social issues.

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User Review  - Jenna - Goodreads

This is what I'm really interested in--The role of the poet/poetic performance in Icelandic society. Read full review

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User Review  - Nikki - Goodreads

I always forget, when I haven't read one for a while, how many names you have to deal with when reading a saga. The five in this book are quite fun, and all of them seem to have frustrated love ... Read full review

About the author (2002)

Diana Whaley is a Reader in Medieval Studies at the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne. Translators: Diana Whaley, Rory McTurk, Katrina Attwood, Alison Finlay, Marianne Kalinke

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