Egil's Saga : Penguin Classics

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Penguin Books Limited, Sep 30, 2004 - Fiction - 243 pages
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Egil’s Saga tells the story of the long and brutal life of tenth-century warrior-poet and farmer Egil Skallagrimsson: a morally ambiguous character who was at once the composer of intricately beautiful poetry, and a physical grotesque capable of staggering brutality. The saga recounts Egil’s progression from youthful savagery to mature wisdom as he struggles to avenge his father’s exile from Norway, defend his honour against the Norwegian King Erik Bloodaxe, and fight for the English King Athelstan in his battles against Scotland. Exploring issues as diverse as the question of loyalty, the power of poetry, and the relationship between two brothers who love the same woman, Egil’s Saga is a fascinating depiction of a deeply human character.

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User Review  - DinadansFriend - LibraryThing

Egil Skallagrimsson was an Icelandic Poet, whose biography sets the adventurous side of Viking life, firmly in our minds. From his adolescent homicides to his death Egil seems to wring every last ... Read full review

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User Review  - eyja - LibraryThing

Egil's Saga is one of the most popular and well known of the Icelandic Sagas. It is also one of the longer sagas. This is a fairly good translation and I do enjoy this saga, being in my top five favorite sagas, but probably not my absolute favorite. Read full review

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Bernard Scudder lives in Reykjav k as a full-time translator. His translations encompass sagas, ancient and modern poetry, and leading contemporary novels and plays. In 1998 two novels in his translation were short-listed for the European Union's Aristeon Literary Prize. Svanhildur scarsd ttir has a research post at the rni Magn sson Institute in Reykjav k.


Bernard Scudder lives in Reykjav k as a full-time translator. His translations encompass sagas, ancient and modern poetry, and leading contemporary novels and plays. In 1998 two novels in his translation were short-listed for the European Union's Aristeon Literary Prize.
Svanhildur scarsd ttir has a research post at the rni Magn sson Institute in Reykjav k. She has published on Icelandic literature, medieval and modern.

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