The Saga of Grettir the Strong

The Saga of Grettir the Strong


Introduction by: Ornolfur Thorsson
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Format
Paperback
Price
$17.00
 
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780140447736
  • 320 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • 18 and up

Overview

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. It relates the tale of Grettir, an eleventh-century warrior struggling to hold on to the values of a heroic age becoming 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 civilisation, fighting giants, trolls and berserks. A mesmerising combination of pagan ideals and Christian faith, this is a profoundly moving conclusion to the Golden Age of the saga writing.

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Praise

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