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Comic Sagas and Tales from Iceland #2020

Comic Sagas and Tales from Iceland The capstone volume in Penguin Classics celebrated series of Icelandic sagas Comic Sagas and Tales from Iceland brings together the very finest Icelandic stories from the thirteenth to fifteenth centu

  • Title: Comic Sagas and Tales from Iceland
  • Author: Viðar Hreinsson
  • ISBN: 9780140447743
  • Page: 407
  • Format: Paperback
  • Comic Sagas and Tales from Iceland By Viðar Hreinsson, The capstone volume in Penguin Classics celebrated series of Icelandic sagas Comic Sagas and Tales from Iceland brings together the very finest Icelandic stories from the thirteenth to fifteenth centuries, a time of civil unrest and social upheaval With feuding families and moments of grotesque violence, the sagas see such classic mythological figures as murdered fathersThe capstone volume in Penguin Classics celebrated series of Icelandic sagas Comic Sagas and Tales from Iceland brings together the very finest Icelandic stories from the thirteenth to fifteenth centuries, a time of civil unrest and social upheaval With feuding families and moments of grotesque violence, the sagas see such classic mythological figures as murdered fathers, disguised beggars, corrupt chieftains, and avenging sons who do battle with axes, words, and cunning The tales, meanwhile, follow heroes and comical fools through dreams, voyages, and religious conversions in medieval Iceland and beyond Shaped by Iceland s oral culture and its people s conversion to Christianity, these stories are works of ironic humor and stylistic innovation.

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    1. This collection of anonymously written sagas is surprisingly good I had read two or three of them previously, but enjoyed the presentation and the excellent notes in this Penguin edition.We know that the old Vikings were a snarky lot It didn t take much of a pretext to cause blood to flow and an equally if not outrageous vengeance to follow A line like I never expected to hear you say such a thing, and if we weren t good friends I would make you pay bitterly for that Of course, it is only a mat [...]

    2. I enjoyed reading this collection of comic sagas although, in general I think I prefer the heroic dramatic tales Still this is an interesting and diverse addition to any library of Old Norse Scandinavian literature I am gradually trying to read all the available sagas and Eddic Skaldic poetry and this does make a pleasant contrast to the hero and historical sagas I ve read so far Ref the Sly was one of my favourites in this set of stories Plus I found the shorter Tales very entertaining.

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