Hrafnkel's Saga and Other Icelandic Stories (Penguin Classics)

Hrafnkel's Saga and Other Icelandic Stories (Penguin Classics)


Written round the 13th century advert by way of Icelandic clergymen, the seven stories accumulated the following supply a mix of pagan components tightly woven into the development of Christian ethics. They take as their topics figures who're heroic, yet don't healthy into the mold of conventional heroes. a few tales quandary characters in Iceland - between them Hrafknel's Saga, during which a bad man's son is murdered by way of his strong neighbour, and Thorstein the Staff-Struck, which describes an growing old warrior's fight to settle right into a peaceable rural group. Others specialize in the adventures of Icelanders in another country, together with the compelling Audun's Story, which depicts a farmhand's pilgrimage to Rome. those interesting stories take care of strong human feelings, pain and dignity at a time of profound transition, whilst conventional beliefs have been steadily yielding to a extra peaceable pastoral lifestyle.

For greater than seventy years, Penguin has been the top writer of vintage literature within the English-speaking global. With greater than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents an international bookshelf of the simplest works all through heritage and throughout genres and disciplines. Readers belief the series to supply authoritative texts superior via introductions and notes through special students and modern authors, in addition to up-to-date translations by means of award-winning translators.

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