Heimskringla : History of the Kings of Norway

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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's 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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 880 pages
  • 154 x 226 x 46mm | 1,179.33g
  • University of Texas Press
  • Austin, TX, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • illus.
  • 0292730616
  • 9780292730618
  • 509,243

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"[Snorri Sturluson] speaks-as almost no other historian ever has spoken-with the authority of a man whose masterful skills would have made him one of the formidable, foremost in any of the events he records. So he saturates even remotely past happenings with a gripping first-hand quality...Hollander's translation is very good, fresh on every page ...Wherever you open the book, the life grips you and you read on...." -- Ted Hughes * New York Review of Books * "Among the many contibutions to world literature that ancient Iceland has given us, Heimskringla stands out as one of the truly monumental works. Among medieval European histories in the vernacular it has no equal." * Modern Philology *show more

Table of contents

Introduction Snorri's Foreword The Saga of the Ynglings/Ynglinga saga The Saga of Halfdan the Black/Halfdanar saga Svarta The Saga of Harald Fairhair/Haralds saga Harfagra The Saga of Hikon the Good/Hakonar saga Gotha 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/Magnus saga ins Gotha The Saga of Harald Sigurtharson (Hardruler)/Haralds saga Sigurtharsonar 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 Herthibreiths The Saga of Magnus Erlingsson/Magnus saga Erlingssonar Indexshow more

About Snorri Sturluson

Lee M. Hollander was Professor of Germanic Languages at the University of Texas at Austin and an authority in Nordic language and literature.show more

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