Egil's Saga

Egil's Saga

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Overview

The oldest transcript of "Egil's Saga" dates back to 1240 AD. Annonymously written, this epic Icelandic saga tells the story of the long and brutal life of tenth-century warrior-poet, Egil Skallagrissmon. It recounts Egil's progression from youthful barbarity to mature understanding as he struggles to defend his honor in a running feud with the Norwegian king, Erik Bloodaxe and fight for the English king, Athelstan in his battles against Scotland. Throughout there are vivid descriptions of his other fights, friendships, and voyages, most of which are surrounded by battle. Egil's versatile nature reflects the ambivalent qualities and relationships of his family, highlighted by his jealously and fondness for his older brother. Starting in Norway around 850 AD, the saga covers a long period of time, ending around the year 1000 AD. The stages of Egil's life are narrated by his frequent segments of poetry. Exploring issues as varied as the power of poetry, the question of loyalty and the relationship between two brothers, Egil's Saga is a captivating depiction of an acutely human character.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781420909357
Publisher: Digireads.com Publishing
Publication date: 10/04/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,059,661
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Bernard Scudder lives in Reykjavík 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 "scarsdóttir has a research post at the Árni Magnússon Institute in Reykjavík. She has published on Icelandic literature, medieval and modern.

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