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(01/17/2009) Viga-Glum's Saga translated by Lee M. Hollander. New York. 1972. Twayne/American-Scandinavian Foundation. Translated from the Old Icelandic with Introductions by Lee M. Hollander. keywords: Literature Iceland Sagas Translated. Volume 14. 143 pages.

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   Icelandic saga literature includes not only such justly famous tales as NJAL'S SAGA and EGIL'S SAGA but also shorter narratives of which the two making up this volume are splendid representatives. Not written down until the first half of the fourteenth century, VIGA-GLUM'S SAGA is much older, having been a part of the Icelandic oral tradition for generations before that. Mainly, the saga is the biography of the hero whose name it bears. One of the chieftains of the Eyjafjord District, Viga-Glum is a domineering, vengeful, and cunning man, but he is also resolute and resourceful as well as loyal to his friends. The various episodes into which this saga is divided, take place in Iceland and in Norway during the tenth century and are retold with great vividness and indicate the saga-teller's ability to enter into the feelings of his characters and to create dramatic situations. That Viga-Glum was also a skald, a poet, besides being a fighting man, is demonstrated by the many verses which have survived in this saga. THE STORY OF OGMUND DYTT revolves around some of the main characters in VIGA-GLUM'S SAGA. Two separate stories are interwoven, one dealing with Ogmund's delayed revenge, the other being a tale of mistaken identity and the impersonation of a heathen deity. The two translations in this volume are worthy companion pieces to the great Family Sagas and bring to life an exciting period in the history of the North. Most of all: they make very good reading.

 

 

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