The Saga of Grettir the Strong

The Saga of Grettir the Strong

Editor/introduction: Ornolfur Thorsson

  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780140447736
  • 320 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult


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. With a mesmerizing combination of pagan ideals and Christian faith, 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.

  • First time in Penguin Classics
  • Includes genealogical tables, maps, suggestions for further reading, and a note on the translation


“The [translation is] generally excellent; accurate and readable… sure to become the standard.” —The Times Literary Supplement

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