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Hrafnkel's Saga & Other Icelandic Stories : Penguin Classics - Palsson Hermann

Hrafnkel's Saga & Other Icelandic Stories

Penguin Classics

Paperback Published: 1st June 1971
ISBN: 9780140442380
Number Of Pages: 144
For Ages: 18+ years old

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Written around the thirteenth century AD by Icelandic monks, the seven tales collected here offer a combination of pagan elements tightly woven into the pattern of Christian ethics. They take as their subjects figures who are heroic, but do not fit into the mould of traditional heroes. Some stories concern characters in Iceland among them Hrafknel's Saga, in which a poor man's son is murdered by his powerful neighbour, and Thorstein the Staff-Struck, which describes an ageing warrior's struggle to settle into a peaceful rural community. Others focus on the adventures of Icelanders abroad, including the compelling Audun's Story, which depicts a farmhand's pilgrimage to Rome. These fascinating tales deal with powerful human emotions, suffering and dignity at a time of profound transition, when traditional ideals were gradually yielding to a more peaceful pastoral lifestyle.

ISBN: 9780140442380
ISBN-10: 0140442383
Series: Penguin Classics
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 144
Published: 1st June 1971
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 13.0  x 0.9
Weight (kg): 0.1
Edition Number: 1