Graenlendinga saga

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Magnus Magnusson, Hermann Palsson
Penguin Books Limited, 1965 - Fiction - 123 pages
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One of the most arresting stories in the history of exploration, these two Icelandic sagas tell of the discovery of America by Norsemen five centuries before Christopher Columbus. Together, the direct, forceful twelfth-century Graenlendinga Saga and the more polished and scholarly Eirik’s Saga, written some hundred years later, recount how Eirik the Red founded an Icelandic colony in Greenland and how his son, Leif the Lucky, later sailed south to explore – and if possible exploit – the chance discovery by Bjarni Herjolfsson of an unknown land. In spare and vigorous prose they record Europe’s first surprise glimpse of the eastern shores of the North American continent and the natives who inhabited them.

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While the rest of the world celebrated Columbus, these sagas mouldered away quietly in Iceland, but since the 1950's and the excavations at L'Anse aux Meadows in Newfoundland, the Norse discovery of ... Read full review

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And then some stuff happened, and then some other stuff happened, and then some more stuff happened, and here's a list of names that you'll never remember, and then some stuff happened. Okay, it ain't ... Read full review

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About the author (1965)

Magnus Magnusson is an Icelander who has been resident in Scotland for most of his life, and is well-known for his presentation of the BBC's Mastermind. He is also chairman of the Scottish National Heritage. He studied English and Old Icelandic at Oxford University.

Hermann Palsson studied Icelandic at the University of Iceland and Celtic at University College, Dublin. Formerly Professor of Icelandic at the University of Edinburgh and General Editor of the New Saga Library, he has written many books on the history and literature of medieval Iceland. He died in 2003.


Magnus Magnusson is an Icelander who has been resident in Scotland for most of his life, and is well-known for his presentation of the BBC's Mastermind. He is also chairman of the Scottish National Heritage. He studied English and Old Icelandic at Oxford University. Hermann Palsson studied Icelandic at the University of Iceland and Celtic at University College, Dublin. Formerly Professor of Icelandic at the University of Edinburgh and General Editor of the New Saga Library, he has written many books on the history and literature of medieval Iceland. He died in 2003.

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