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(08/21/2008) Eyrbyggja Saga by Hermann Palsson & Paul Edwards. New York. 1989. Penguin Books. Translated From The Icelandic & With An Introduction and Notes By Hermann Palsson & Paul Edwards. keywords: Literature Iceland Scandinavia Translated Mythology Saga. 179 pages. The cover shows a detail from a 16th century Icelandic altar frontal in the National Museum of Iceland. 9780140445305.

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   EYRBYGGJA SAGA is prominent in the great group of medieval Icelandic sagas that Magnus Magnusson has called 'historical novels -- the first novels to be written in Europe'. Mixing realism with wild Gothic imagination, history with eerie tales of hauntings, it dramatizes a thirteenth-century view of the past, from the pagan anarchy of the Viking Age to the settlement of Iceland, the coming of Christianity and the beginnings of organized society. Its central figure is Snorri, a man so perplexingly ambiguous that the narrator himself is drawn to speculate on his motives and a character who brilliantly epitomizes the violent stresses of his times. 'Of all the various records of Icelandic history and literature, there is none more interesting than Eyrbyggja Saga' - Sir Walter Scott.

 

 

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