Eirik the Red and other Icelandic Sagas

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Eirik the Red and other Icelandic Sagas

The remote and inhospitable landscape of Iceland made it a perfect breeding-ground for heroes. The first Norsemen to colonize it in 860 found that the fight for survival demanded high courage and tough self reliance; it also nurtured a stern sense of duty and an uncompromising view of destiny. The Icelandic sagas relate the adventurous lives of individuals and families between 930 and 1030, which began as oral tales but were skilfully documented in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, and are now regarded as written literature. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

Eirik the Red and Other Icelandic Sagas

Selected by Gwyn Jones--the eminent Celtic scholar--for their excellence and variety, these nine Icelandic sagas include "Hen-Thorir," "The Vapnfjord Men," "Thorstein Staff-Struck," "Hrafnkel the Priest of Frey," "Thidrandi whom the ...

Eirik the Red and Other Icelandic Sagas

Selected by Gwyn Jones - the eminent Celtic scholar - for their excellence and variety, these nine Icelandic sagas include "Hen-Thorir," "The Vapnfjord Men," "Thorstein Staff-Struck," "Hrafnkel the Priest of Prey," "Thidrandi whom the Goddesses Slew," "Authun and the Bear," "Gunnlaug Wormtongue," "King Hrolf and his Champions," and the title piece.

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The Vinland Sagas

Wrecked by storms, stricken by disease and plagued by navigational mishaps, some survived the North Atlantic to pass down this compelling tale of the first Europeans to talk with, trade with, and war with the Native Americans.

The Vinland Sagas

The Saga of the Greenlanders and Eirik the Red’s Saga contain the first ever descriptions of North America, a bountiful land of grapes and vines, discovered by Vikings five centuries before Christopher Columbus. Written down in the early thirteenth century, they recount the Icelandic settlement of Greenland by Eirik the Red, the chance discovery by seafaring adventurers of a mysterious new land, and Eirik’s son Leif the Lucky’s perilous voyages to explore it. Wrecked by storms, stricken by disease and plagued by navigational mishaps, some survived the North Atlantic to pass down this compelling tale of the first Europeans to talk with, trade with, and war with the Native Americans.

The Saga of Erik the Red

Five-hundred and eleven years before Columbus discovered the West Indies, Eirik Thorwaldsson, or more commonly Eirik the Red, discovered, and explored the rugged coasts of Greenland, only later to lead the first established colony in North ...

The Saga of Erik the Red

Five-hundred and eleven years before Columbus discovered the West Indies, Eirik Thorwaldsson, or more commonly Eirik the Red, discovered, and explored the rugged coasts of Greenland, only later to lead the first established colony in North America.

The Icelandic Saga

... Eirik the Red and Other Icelandic Sagas ( 1961 ) , both by Gwyn Jones . The former contains Hrafnkels saga , Þorsteins saga hvíta , Vápnfirðinga saga ...

The Icelandic Saga

In this stimulating and reliable introduction to the Icelandic saga, Peter Hallberg correctly designates the genre as "Scandinavia's sole, collective original contribution to world literature." These prose narratives dating from the thirteenth century are characterized by a psychological realism which sets them apart from all other contemporary forms of European literature. Mr. Hallberg's emphasis is on the branch of saga literature which deals with the native heroes--with the settlement of Iceland by Norse chieftains and with the lives of these settlers and their descendants. After disposing of the controversial "free-prose" theory of the origin and transmission of these stories, the author treats such problems as style and character portrayal, dreams and destinies, values and ideals, humor and irony. Several of the major sagas are studied in some detail. The concluding discussion concerns the decline of saga writing and the role played by the Sagas in modern Scandinavian life and literature. Paul Schach's introduction and copious annotation furnish additional background material and bibliographical references to English translations of the individual sagas and to significant studies on the major problems of saga research. Although intended primarily for the layman, The Icelandic Saga is of value to the specialist since it judiciously evaluates and incorporates the revolutionary findings of the so-called "Icelandic school" of saga study.

Meeting the Other in Norse Myth and Legend

Gwyn Jones in Eirik the Red and Other Icelandic Sagas , World's Classics , London : OUP , 1961 , 89–125 ; tr . Hermann Pálsson in Hrafnkels Saga and Other ...

Meeting the Other in Norse Myth and Legend

"Close examination of the significant theme of other-worldly encounters in Norse myth and legend, including giantesses, monsters and the dead"--Provided by publisher.

The Vinland Sagas

One of the most arresting stories in the history of exploration, these two Icelandic sagas tell of the discovery of America by Norsemen five centuries before Christopher Columbus.

The Vinland Sagas

One of the most arresting stories in the history of exploration, these two Icelandic sagas tell of the discovery of America by Norsemen five centuries before Christopher Columbus. Together, the direct, forceful twelfth-century Graenlendinga Saga and the more polished and scholarly Eirik's Saga, written some hundred years later, recount how Eirik the Red founded an Icelandic colony in Greenland and how his son, Leif the Lucky, later sailed south to explore - and if possible exploit - the chance discovery by Bjarni Herjolfsson of an unknown land. In spare and vigorous prose they record Europe's first surprise glimpse of the eastern shores of the North American continent and the natives who inhabited them.

Sagas of the Icelanders

Reykjavík , 1938 . Eirik the Red and Other Icelandic Sagas , tr . Gwyn Jones , pp . 3 - 38 . London , 1961 . Hrafnkels saga Freysgoða : Austfirðinga sągur .

Sagas of the Icelanders

A collection of essays on Icelandic sagas from the middle ages, which concern the earliest period of Icelandic history. Includes references.

Monty Python s Flying Circus

Other significant period sagas include Egil's Saga (a Viking warrior-poet), Laxdaela Saga ... (from Eirik the Red and Other Icelandic Sagas 88) What's more, ...

Monty Python s Flying Circus

Known for its outrageous humor, occasionally controversial content, and often silly spirit, Monty Python's Flying Circus poked fun at nearly everything. Indeed, many of the allusions and references in the program were routinely obscure, and therefore, not always understood or even noticed. This exhaustive reference identifies and explains the plethora of cultural, historical, and topical allusions of this landmark series. In this resource, virtually every allusion and reference that appeared in an episode is identified and explained. Organized chronologically by episode, each entry is listed alphabetically, indicates what sketch it appeared in, and is cross-referenced between episodes. Scholars and fans who already appreciate the silliness of the Pythons can also enjoy the acculturated know-it-all-ness of their heroes.

Laughing Shall I Die

Eirik the Red and Other Icelandic Sagas, trans. Gwyn Jones (Oxford, 1961) Eyrbyggja saga, trans. Hermann Pálsson and Paul Edwards, revd edn (Harmonds-worth, ...

Laughing Shall I Die

Laughing Shall I Die explores the Viking fascination with scenes of heroic death. The literature of the Vikings is dominated by famous last stands, famous last words, death songs, and defiant gestures, all presented with grim humor. Much of this mindset is markedly alien to modern sentiment, and academics have accordingly shunned it. And yet, it is this same worldview that has always powered the popular public image of the Vikings—with their berserkers, valkyries, and cults of Valhalla and Ragnarok—and has also been surprisingly corroborated by archaeological discoveries such as the Ridgeway massacre site in Dorset. Was it this mindset that powered the sudden eruption of the Vikings onto the European scene? Was it a belief in heroic death that made them so lastingly successful against so many bellicose opponents? Weighing the evidence of sagas and poems against the accounts of the Vikings’ victims, Tom Shippey considers these questions as he plumbs the complexities of Viking psychology. Along the way, he recounts many of the great bravura scenes of Old Norse literature, including the Fall of the House of the Skjoldungs, the clash between the two great longships Ironbeard and Long Serpent, and the death of Thormod the skald. One of the most exciting books on Vikings for a generation, Laughing Shall I Die presents Vikings for what they were: not peaceful explorers and traders, but warriors, marauders, and storytellers.

Viking Age Iceland

(See also The Vinland Sagas 1965.) Eirik the Red and other Icelandic Sagas. 1980. Trans. Gwyn Jones. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Eldjárn Kristján.

Viking Age Iceland

Medieval Iceland was unique amongst Western Europe, with no foreign policy, no defence forces, no king, no lords, no peasants and few battles. It should have been a utopia yet its literature is dominated by brutality and killing. The reasons for this, argues Jesse Byock, lie in the underlying structures and cultural codes of the islands' social order. 'Viking Age Iceland' is an engaging, multi-disciplinary work bringing together findings in anthropology and ethnography interwoven with historical fact and masterful insights into the popular Icelandic sagas, this is a brilliant reconstruction of the inner workings of a unique and intriguing society.

The Rough Guide to Iceland

known author of any of the sagas, with the Heimskringla and Egil 's Saga attributed to ... Eirik the Red and other Iceland Sagas Oxford University Press.

The Rough Guide to Iceland

The Rough Guide to Iceland is the ultimate travel guide to this fascinating island and its capital Reykjavik, with clear maps and detailed coverage of all the best attractions. Discover Iceland's highlights with inspiring photography and information on everything from hiking, soaking in natural hot springs and whale watching, to indulging in Reykjav�k's lively nightlife and superb seafood. Find detailed practical advice on what to see and do in Iceland whilst relying on up-to-date descriptions of the best hotels, mountain huts and campsites, bars, clubs, and restaurants for all budgets. The Rough Guide to Iceland also includes two full-colour sections introducing the island's geological outdoor wonders and rich Viking heritage and expert background on everything from Iceland's landscape to the country's outstanding birdlife. Explore every area of this amazing island with easy-to-use maps and a handy language section Make the most of your holiday with The Rough Guide to Iceland.

The Vinland Sagas

The all -time bestselling of the sagas in Penguin Classics, The Vinland Sagas are published here in a vibrant new translation.

The Vinland Sagas

The all -time bestselling of the sagas in Penguin Classics, The Vinland Sagas are published here in a vibrant new translation. Consisting of The Saga of the Greenlanders and Eirik the RedÂ's Saga, they chronicle the adventures of Eirik the Red and his son, Leif Eirikson, who explored North America 500 years before Columbus. Famous for being the first-ever descriptions of North America, and written down in the early thirteenth century, they recount the Icelandic settlement of Greenland by Eirik the Red, the chance discovery by seafaring adventurers of a mysterious new land, and EirikÂ's son Leif the LuckyÂ's perilous voyages to explore it.

J R R Tolkien Encyclopedia

In 1944, Jones translated The Vatnsdalers' Saga. In 1948, he collaborated with Professor Thomas Jones, ... Eirik the Red, and Other Icelandic Sagas.

J R R  Tolkien Encyclopedia

A detailed work of reference and scholarship, this one volume Encyclopedia includes discussions of all the fundamental issues in Tolkien scholarship written by the leading scholars in the field. Coverage not only presents the most recent scholarship on J.R.R. Tolkien, but also introduces and explores the author and scholar's life and work within their historical and cultural contexts. Tolkien's fiction and his sources of influence are examined along with his artistic and academic achievements - including his translations of medieval texts - teaching posts, linguistic works, and the languages he created. The 550 alphabetically arranged entries fall within the following categories of topics: adaptations art and illustrations characters in Tolkien's work critical history and scholarship influence of Tolkien languages biography literary sources literature creatures and peoples of Middle-earth objects in Tolkien's work places in Tolkien's work reception of Tolkien medieval scholars scholarship by Tolkien medieval literature stylistic elements themes in Tolkien's works theological/ philosophical concepts and philosophers Tolkien's contemporary history and culture works of literature