Njal's Saga

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Wordsworth Editions, Jun 12, 1997 - Fiction - 416 pages
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Translated by Lee M. Hollander, with an Introduction by Thorsteinn Gylfason.

Njal's Saga is the finest of the Icelandic sagas, and one of the world's greatest prose works. Written c.1280, about events a couple of centuries earlier, it is divided into three parts: the first recounts the touching friendship between noble Gunnar and the statesman Njal, together with the fatal enmity between their wives. The second part works out the central tragedy of the saga, while the third describes the retribution wrought by Flosi and Kari.

The saga is remarkable not only for the details of everyday life - the farming, the feasting and the charcoal-burning - but also for the social structure of the society in which that life took place - the Althing or Parliament, the lawmaking and the lawgiving. The grandeur of the narrative and the beauty and distinction of the characters mark Njal's Saga as an essential text for all who love adventure and great literature.

 

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Contents

Mord Hoskuld and their Kin
3
Hruts Betrothal
4
Hrut Sails to Norway to Regain his Inheritance His Relations with Queen Gunnhild
7
Queen Gunnhild Equips Hrut to Pursue Soti
10
Hrut Overcomes Atli and Recovers his Inheritance II
11
Hruts Return and Marriage to Unn
13
Unn Divorces Hrut
16
Hrut Rejuses to Return Unns Dowry
19
Thanald Sues for the Hand of Hallgerd
21
Hallgerd Marries Thorvald
22
Thorvald is Murdered by Thjostolf
24
Compensation is Paid by Hoskuld
26
Glum Sues for the Hand of Hallgerd
29
Glum Marries Hallgerd
33
Thjostolf Comes to Hallgerd
34
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About the author (1997)

Lee M. Hollander was Professor of Germanic Languages at the University of Texas at Austin and an authority in Nordic language and literature.

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