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    Description'You will be made an outlaw, forced always to live in the wilds and to live alone.' A sweeping epic of the Viking Age, Grettir's Saga follows the life of the outlaw Grettir the Strong as he battles against sorcery, bad luck, and the vengefulness of his enemies. Feared by many, Grettir is a warrior and also a poet and a lover, who is afraid of the dark. Unable to resolve the dispute that has outlawed him, he lives outside the bounds of family life and he roams the countryside, ridding Iceland and Norway of berserker warriors, trolls, and the walking dead. The saga presents a poignant story of medieval Icelandic society, combining details of everyday legal disputes with folklore and legend. Written in the fourteenth century, but based on earlier oral and written sources, Grettir's Saga, with its scathing humour, explicit verses, and fantastic monsters, is among the most famous and widely read of Iceland's sagas. This new translation features extensive illustrative material to elucidate the story. 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.


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    Title
    Grettir's Saga
    Authors and contributors
    Translated by Jesse L. Byock
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 336
    Width: 128 mm
    Height: 192 mm
    Thickness: 22 mm
    Weight: 259 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780192801524
    ISBN 10: 019280152X
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25610
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.4
    BIC E4L: LIT
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    B&T Book Type: FI
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    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 05
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    BISAC V2.8: LAN009000
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET190
    Ingram Theme: CULT/SCANDN
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    BISAC V2.8: FIC010000
    B&T General Subject: 501
    B&T Approval Code: A13284500
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    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: A9
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    DC22: 839/.63, 839.63
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    B&T Approval Code: A24326200
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    BIC subject category V2: 2ACSX
    LC classification: PT7269.G7 E54 2009
    BIC language qualifier (language as subject) V2: 2ACSX
    BISAC V2.8: FIC008000
    Thema V1.0: DSBB, DN
    Illustrations note
    c. 14 black and white maps and illustrations
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press
    Publication date
    26 July 2009
    Publication City/Country
    Oxford
    Author Information
    Jesse Byock is a specialist in North Atlantic and Viking Studies, and director of the Mosfell Archaeological Project in Iceland. His previous translations from Old Norse include The Prose Edda (Penguin, 2005), Sagas and Myths of the Norsemen (Penguin, 2006), The Saga of the Volsungs (University of California Press 1990), and The Saga of King Hrolf Kraki (Penguin, 1998). He has also participated in documentaries on the Vikings for the BBC and the History Channel.