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(08/19/2008) The Saga Of Grettir The Strong by Bernard Scudder. New York. 2005. Penguin Books. Translated From The Icelandic By Bernard Scudder. Edited & Introduced By Ornolfur Thirsson. keywords: Literature Iceland Scandinavia Translated Sagas Mythology. 267 pages. Cover illustration of Grettir the Strong from a seventeenth century manuscript in the Arni Magnusson Institute, Iceland. 0140447733.

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   Composed at the end of the fourteenth century by an unknown author, THE SAGA OF GRETTIR THE STRONG is one of the last great Icelandic sagas. It relates the tale of Grettir, an eleventh-century warrior struggling to hold on to the values of a heroic age as they are eclipsed by Christianity and a more pastoral lifestyle. Unable to settle into a community of farmers, Grettir becomes the aggressive scourge of both honest men and evil monsters - until, following a battle with the sinister ghost Glam, he is cursed to endure a life of tortured loneliness away from civilization, fighting giants, trolls and berserks. A mesmerizing combination of pagan ideals and Christian faith, this is a profoundly moving conclusion to the Golden Age of saga writing. New to Penguin Classics, this is an updated edition of Bernard Scudder's acclaimed translation. The new introduction by Ornolfur Thorsson considers the influence of Christianity on Icelandic saga writing, and this edition also includes genealogical tables, maps and a note on the translation.

 

 

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