Egil's Saga

ISBN-10: 0140443215

ISBN-13: 9780140443219

Edition: 1976

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Description: Demon, killer and drunkard, poet, lawyer and farmer: Egil is on eof the most individual and paradoxical characters to emerge from the Icelandic sagas.

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List price: $14.00
Copyright year: 1976
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 2/24/1977
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.396
Language: English

Snorri Sturluson's fame as a historian---his main work is the 16 sagas included in Heimskringla (c.1230), a monumental history of Norway from its beginning until 1177---lies both in his critical approach to sources and in his fine, realistic exposition of event and motivation. A similar combination of scholarly and imaginative talent is seen in The Prose Edda (c.1220). Intended to be a handbook in skaldic poetry, it preserves invaluable mythological tales that were on the verge of being forgotten even in Sturluson's time. A large part of what we know about Nordic mythology stems from his Edda. The bibliography that follows also lists the anonymous Egil's Saga (1200--30), which many expert Scandinavian medievalists (e.g., Sigurdur Nordal and Bjorn M. Olsen) attribute to Sturluson. It is a fascinating account of life in Norway, England, and Iceland and of the poet-warrior Egil, whose skaldic verse is renowned for its unusual emotional and personal qualities. Snorri Sturluson's own life was as eventful as those about whom he wrote. Returning to Iceland from exile in 1239, he again became deeply involved in serious power struggles and was murdered in 1241.

Paul Edwards has coauthored eight books with his wife, including the bestselling Working From Home. He also write a syndicated newspaper column, "Your Home Office," and host a popular cable TV show, "Working From Home with Paul and Sarah Edwards".

Hermann Palsson was a Professor Emeritus of Icelandic Studies at the University of Edinburgh.

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