Land of the Sagas
Author: David Roberts,Jon Krakauer
Publisher: Villard Books
Photographs exploring the grandeur of Iceland's remarkable geography accompany tales of real-life heroes and supernatural beings
The Image of Iceland in the Foreign Media During the Financial Crisis
Author: Daniel Chartier
Publisher: University of Ottawa Press
Category: Business & Economics
A portrait of Iceland through the eyes of the international media before and after their total economic collapse.
The First Millennium
Author: Geraldine Barnes
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer
Viking America examined through the writing and rewriting of the Vinland story from the middle ages to the twentieth century.
Being the Lothian Prize Essay, 1877
Author: Charles Augustus Vansittart Conybeare
Author: Theodore Murdock Andersson
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Andersson introduces readers to the development of the Icelandic sagas between 1180 and 1280, a crucial period that witnessed a gradual shift of emphasis from tales of adventure and personal distinction to the analysis of politics and history.
Author: Jesse L. Byock
Publisher: Univ of California Press
Byock sees the crucial element in the origin of the Icelandic sagas not as the introduction of writing or the impact of literary borrowings from the continent but the subject of the tales themselves - feud. This simple thesis is developed into a thorough examination of Icelandic society and feud, and of the narrative technique of recounting it.
The People of the Sagas
Author: William R. Short
The Sagas of Icelanders are enduring stories from Viking-age Iceland filled with love and romance, battles and feuds, tragedy and comedy. Yet these tales are little read today, even by lovers of literature. The culture and history of the people depicted in the Sagas are often unfamiliar to the modern reader, though the audience for whom the tales were intended would have had an intimate understanding of the material. This text introduces the modern reader to the daily lives and material culture of the Vikings. Topics covered include religion, housing, social customs, the settlement of disputes, and the early history of Iceland. Issues of dispute among scholars, such as the nature of settlement and the division of land, are addressed in the text.
Author: Jesse L Byock
Publisher: Penguin UK
Composed in medieval Iceland, Hrolf's Saga is one of the greatest of all mythic-legendary sagas, relating half-fantastical events that were said to have occurred in fifth-century Denmark. It tells of the exploits of King Hrolf and of his famous champions, including Bodvar Bjarki, the 'bear-warrior': a powerful figure whose might and bear-like nature are inspired by the same legendary heritage as Beowulf. Depicting a world of wizards, sorceresses and 'berserker' fighters - originally members of a cult of Odin - this is a compelling tale of ancient magic. A work of timeless power and beauty, it offers both a treasury of Icelandic prose and a masterful gathering of epic, cultic memory, traditional folk tale and myths from the Viking age and far earlier.