Heimskringla History of the Kings of Norway

ISBN-10: 0292730616
ISBN-13: 9780292730618
Edition: 1964
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Description: Beginning with the dim prehistory of the mythical gods and their descendants, Heimskringla recounts the history of the kings of Norway through the reign of Olaf Haraldsson, who became Norway' patron saint. Once found in most homes and schools and  More...

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Book details

List price: $39.95
Copyright year: 1964
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 1/1/1991
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 880
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 2.816
Language: English

Beginning with the dim prehistory of the mythical gods and their descendants, Heimskringla recounts the history of the kings of Norway through the reign of Olaf Haraldsson, who became Norway' patron saint. Once found in most homes and schools and still regarded as a national treasure, Heimskringla influenced the thinking and literary style of Scandinavia over several centuries.

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.

Introduction
Snorri's Foreword
The Saga of the Ynglings: Ynglinga saga
The Saga of Half dan the Black: Halfdanar saga Svarta
The Saga of Harald Fairhair: Haralds saga Harfagra
The Saga of Hakon the Good: Hakonar saga Gooa
The Saga of Harald Graycloak: Haralds saga Grafeldar
The Saga of Olaf Tryggvason: Olafs saga Tryggvasonar
Saint Olaf's Saga: Olafs saga Helga
The Saga of Magnus the Good: Magnuss saga ins Gooa
The Saga of Harald Sigurtharson (Hardruler): Haralds saga Siguroarsonar
The Saga of Olaf the Gentle: Olafs saga Kyrra
The Saga of Magnus Barelegs: Magnuss saga Berfoetts
The Saga of the Sons of Magnus: Magnussona saga
The Saga of Magnus the Blind and Harald Gilli: Magnuss saga Blinda ok Harald Gilla
The Saga of the Sons of Harald: Haraldssona saga
The Saga of Hakon the Broadshouldered: Hakonar saga Heroibreios
The Saga of Magnus Erlingsson: Magnuss saga Erlingssonar
Index

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