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    Eirik the Red and Other Icelandic Sagas (Oxford World's Classics) (Paperback) Edited by Gwyn Jones


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    DescriptionThe 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.

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    Eirik the Red and Other Icelandic Sagas
    Authors and contributors
    Edited by Gwyn Jones
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 336
    Width: 128 mm
    Height: 192 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 240 g
    ISBN 13: 9780192835307
    ISBN 10: 0192835300

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.4
    BIC E4L: LIT
    BIC subject category V2: DNF, FC
    BISAC V2.8: FIC004000, POE000000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: LIT004250
    LC subject heading:
    DC21: 839.6308
    Thema V1.0: DNL, FBC
    New edition
    Edition statement
    New edition
    Illustrations note
    Oxford University Press
    Imprint name
    Oxford Paperbacks
    Publication date
    09 September 1999
    Publication City/Country
    Review quote
    "With its account of the Norse discovery of North America and its fine translation of Hrolfs Saga (indispensable for any serious study of the mythic Beowulf), this text remains the single best saga intro. in print."--Stephen Glosecki, University of Alabama"I require my Beowulf students to read Hrolf Kraki's Saga, and GJ's translation in this book is both excellent . . . and readily available."--Marijane Osborn, University of California, Davis"Still the best single-volume collection of Viking tales in English."--James Massengale, University of California, Los Angeles"[Jones's] English has a yeasty Welshness in it that corresponds quite nicely to the idiomatic springiness of the original."--L. Michael Bell, University of Colorado
    Table of contents
    Hen-Thorir; The Vapnfjord Men; Thorstein Staff-Struck; Hrafnkel the Priest of Frey; Eirik the Red; Thidrandi Whom the Goddesses Slew; Authun and the Bear; Gunnlaug Wormtongue; King Hrolf and his Champions