Seven Viking Romances

Seven Viking Romances


Translator: Hermann Palsson
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Format
Paperback
Price
$17.00
 
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780140444742
  • 304 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • 18 and up

Overview

Combining traditional myth, oral history and re-worked European legend to depict an ancient realm of heroism and wonder, the seven tales collected here are among the most fantastical of all the Norse romances. Powerfully inspired works of Icelandic imagination, they relate intriguing, often comical tales of famous kings, difficult gods and women of great beauty, goodness or cunning. The tales plunder a wide range of earlier literature from Homer to the French romances – as in the tale of the wandering hero Arrow-Odd, which combines several older legends, or Egil and Asmund, where the story of Odysseus and the Cyclops is skilfully adapted into a traditional Norse legend. These are among the most outrageous, delightful and exhilarating tales in all Icelandic literature.

Table of Contents

Translated by Hermann Pálsson and Paul Edwards

Introduction
Maps: Europe of the Viking Romances
Note on the Texts and Translations
Bibliography

Seven Viking Romances
Arrow-Odd
King Gautrek
Halfdan Eysteinsson
Bosi and Herraud
Egil and Asmund
Thorstein Mansion-Might
Helgi Thorisson

Appendix: Sources and parallels of Arrow-Odd
List of Proper Names

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