The Sagas of Icelanders

The Sagas of Icelanders

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Penguin Putnam
A unique body of medieval literature, the Sagas rank with the world's greatest literary treasures--as epic as Homer, as deep in tragedy as Sophocles, as engagingly human as Shakespeare. Set around the turn of the last millennium, these stories depict with an astonishingly modern realism the lives and deeds of the Norse men and women who first settled Iceland and of their descendants, who ventured further west--to Greenland and, ultimately, the coast of North America itself.

The ten Sagas and seven shorter tales in this volume include the celebrated "Vinland Sagas," which recount Leif Eiriksson's pioneering voyage to the New World and contain the oldest descriptions of the North American continent.

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Random House, Inc.
A unique body of medieval literature, the Sagas rank with the world's greatest literary treasures--as epic as Homer, as deep in tragedy as Sophocles, as engagingly human as Shakespeare. Set around the turn of the last millennium, these stories depict with an astonishingly modern realism the lives and deeds of the Norse men and women who first settled Iceland and of their descendants, who ventured further west--to Greenland and, ultimately, the coast of North America itself.

The 10 Sagas and seven shorter tales in this volume include the celebrated "Vinland Sagas," which recount Leif Eiriksson's pioneering voyage to the New World and contain the oldest descriptions of the North American continent.



Baker & Taylor
Published in conjunction with the 1,000th anniversary of Leif Eriksson's voyage to America, the medieval Viking "Sagas" commemorate the adventures of the people who first settled Iceland and then braved the perils of the north Atlantic to explore Greenland and North America, in a volume that includes a preface by Jane Smiley. Reprint.

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Presents a collection of Viking "sagas" to commemorate the adventures of the people who first settled Iceland, and then explored Greenland and North America.

Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2001
ISBN: 9780141000039
0141000031
Branch Call Number: 398.20963 SAG
398.20963 SAG
Characteristics: lxvi, 782 p. : ill., maps ; 22 cm

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ClaireM_W
Jan 19, 2017

There is so much historical and human insight in these wonderful stories that I would think this book would be part of a junior high or high school curriculum. I've come away with an enriched perspective on our modern society: the awesome speed of the spread of local news; the total acceptance of the physical hardships - but not the emotion wounds; the hierarchical structure of their society, regardless of the small population and dependance on each other in the harsh climate. Loved this book!

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