Heimskringla, Or The Lives of the Norse Kings

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Dover, 1990 - History - 770 pages
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Great classic by Icelandic poet/chieftain chronicles the reigns of 16 high kings descended from the warrior-wizard god Odin. Major section on 15-year reign of Olav II Haraldson, patron saint of Norway. Based on earlier histories, oral traditions, plus new material by author, all presented with intelligence, warmth and objectivity. Over 130 illustrations and 5 maps.

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Iceland's most versatile literary genius, Snorri Sturluson was born in western Iceland, the son of a great chieftain. Early in his career, he won a reputation at home and in Norway for his poetic talents. Later he traveled to Norway and wrote about the lives of the kings: "Heimskringla Saga,"Egil's Saga", and "Saint Olf's Saga", a work unsurpassed in Icelandic prose.

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