The Icelandic Sagas are among the masterpieces of world literature whose composition stretches from about the year 1000 to 1500. Presenting the adventures of Norse and Viking heroes, the sagas are told with ritual simplicity and a realism that anticipate the modern novel. This volume offers nine full sagas and six tales, all new translations by various hands and all part of The Complete Sagas of the Icelanders, also edited by Thorsson. Published to mark the 1000th anniversary of Leif Ericksson's voyage to North America, as told in the Vinland Sagas, this selection includes (along with the Vinland Sagas) the famous Egil's Saga and that of Gisli Sursson. The volume also offers a preface by novelist Jane Smiley and a scholarly introduction by Robert Kellogg of the University of Virginia. Wonderful for anyone interested in world literature, this selection is recommended for public and academic libraries.
-Thomas L. Cooksey, Armstrong State Coll., Savannah, GA
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"One of the great marvels of World Literature.... This is a dream come true." --Ted Hughes
"A testimony to the human spirit's ability not only to endure what fate may send it but to be renewed by the experience." --Seamus Heaney
"The glory of the Sagas is indisputable." --Milan Kundera
"Generally excellent, accurate and readable, these translations are sure to become the standard versions." --The Times Literary Supplement (London)See all Product Description
Great book for the price. Just started reading and love it.Published 2 months ago by Loni Petrowski
All but one of my favorite Sagas are in this collection, with good notes and maps to accompany them. The only thing missing is Njal's Saga, which is arguably the best of the lot.Published on March 24 2004 by Todd Dwyer
Icelanders and others reading these Sagas should be aware that vital and even more amazing parts of Iceland's history from 930-1262AD were left out. Read morePublished on Dec 20 2003 by David J. Heinrich
The Icelandic sagas are interesting in their own right, but much better when the translation is done well. Read morePublished on Dec 10 2003 by William Creedle
This is simply a great collection of Sagas--a treasure-trove for the beginning student of Norse Studies. At 700+ pages, you essentially can't go wrong.Published on May 21 2003 by PipBoy
This book reads like a soap opera crossed with Genesis... as most stories begin by telling the line of the characters involved. Read morePublished on April 16 2003 by Preston Halcomb
I loved this book, because it lets you get in touch with the vikings psychologically. One can understand their ways after reading this book. Read morePublished on Nov. 30 2002 by crystyl
The Sagas of the Icelanders is an excellent collection of nordic literature in an affordable and attractive book. Read morePublished on Nov. 21 2002 by Rachel E. Watkins