Seven Viking Romances

Seven Viking Romances

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Description

Combining traditional myth, oral history and re-worked European legend to depict an ancient realm of heroism and wonder, the seven tales collected here are among the most fantastical of all the Norse romances. Powerfully inspired works of Icelandic imagination, they relate intriguing, often comical tales of famous kings, difficult gods and women of great beauty, goodness or cunning. The tales plunder a wide range of earlier literature from Homer to the French romances - as in the tale of the wandering hero Arrow-Odd, which combines several older legends, or Egil and Asmund, where the story of Odysseus and the Cyclops is skilfully adapted into a traditional Norse legend. These are among the most outrageous, delightful and exhilarating tales in all Icelandic literature.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 17mm | 224g
  • Penguin Classics
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0140444742
  • 9780140444742
  • 311,050

Table of contents

Translated by Hermann Palsson and Paul EdwardsIntroduction
Maps: Europe of the Viking Romances
Note on the Texts and Translations
Bibliography


Seven Viking Romances
Arrow-Odd
King Gautrek
Halfdan Eysteinsson
Bosi and Herraud
Egil and Asmund
Thorstein Mansion-Might
Helgi Thorisson


Appendix: Sources and parallels of Arrow-Odd
List of Proper Names
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About Hermann Palsson

Paul and Sarah Edwards are the bestselling coauthors of numerous books, including Finding Your Perfect Work, The Best Home Businesses for the 21st Century, and Making Money in Cyberspace. They provide millions of people with informative and inspirational advice on self-employment through their radio and television shows, their online venues, and their popular newspaper and magazine columns.
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Rating details

291 ratings
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Our customer reviews

I'm a big fan in the Nordic stories and was excited when I saw the title. However, I was highly disappointed in the way the stories in this book were written. There was no flow, barely any imagery and I don't think it does any justice to the rich culture. I regret buying this book.show more
by Sinem Tulpar
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