Gisli Sursson's Saga and the Saga of the People of Eyri

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Vésteinn Ólason
Penguin Books Limited, Sep 25, 2003 - Fiction - 247 pages
These sagas recount fierce feuds in which honour is fought for, sacrifice is demanded, and blood is shed. The fate of the characters at the centre of each saga, however, is very different. Gisli is a traditional Viking-age hero who is determined to exact revenge at any cost and whose death is tragic when it comes. In contrast his nephew, Snorri, represents a new generation and acts to strengthen the new social order. Taken together these sagas reveal the richness and variety of the saga tradition.

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User Review  - mrafael - LibraryThing

This is a very short saga which falls out at the time of Christianisation of Iceland. The story is superbly dramatic and the observation of detail is profound. It is a great pity that Verdi seems to ... Read full review

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User Review  - eyja - LibraryThing

This is probably one of my least favorite sagas. Not bad, but not fantastic. I still have to read the second saga in the book, though. Read full review

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Edited by Vesteinn Olason (Arni Magnusson Institute at the University of Iceland) and translated by Martin S Regal (University of Iceland) and Judy Quinn (Newnham College, Cambridge)

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