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The Saga of Grettir the Strong

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Publsiher: Penguin UK
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2005-05-26
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 0141937920
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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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The Saga of Grettir the Strong: Grettir's Saga

Author: Anonymous
Publsiher: DigiCat
Total Pages: 207
Release: 2022-08-10
Genre: Fiction
ISBN:
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'The Saga of Grettir the Strong' is one of the Icelanders' sagas. It details the life of Grettir Ásmundarson, a bellicose Icelandic outlaw. The first part of the story primarily focuses on how Grettir's viking great-grandfather Onundur Tree-foot escaped Norway to settle in Iceland after fighting in the Battle of Hafrsfjord against the first king of Norway Harald Fairhair.

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The Hero

Author: Lord Raglan
Publsiher: Courier Corporation
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2013-05-27
Genre: Social Science
ISBN: 0486317145
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Heroic figures, all with the human desire for idealization in common, are the focus of this study — from Oedipus and King Arthur to heroes of the Trojan War and Robin Hood.

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The Saga of Grettir the Strong: Grettir's Saga

Author: Anonymous
Publsiher: Good Press
Total Pages: 236
Release: 2021-04-25
Genre: Fiction
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"The Saga of Grettir the Strong: Grettir's Saga" by Anonymous. Published by Good Press. Good Press publishes a wide range of titles that encompasses every genre. From well-known classics & literary fiction and non-fiction to forgotten−or yet undiscovered gems−of world literature, we issue the books that need to be read. Each Good Press edition has been meticulously edited and formatted to boost readability for all e-readers and devices. Our goal is to produce eBooks that are user-friendly and accessible to everyone in a high-quality digital format.

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Medieval Foundations of the Western Intellectual Tradition, 400-1400

Author: Marcia L. Colish
Publsiher: Yale University Press
Total Pages: 420
Release: 1997-01-01
Genre: History
ISBN: 9780300078527
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This magisterial book is an analysis of the course of Western intellectual history between A.D. 400 and 1400. The book is arranged in two parts: the first surveys the comparative modes of thought and varying success of Byzantine, Latin-Christian, and Muslim cultures, and the second takes the reader from the eleventh-century revival of learning to the high Middle Ages and beyond, the period in which the vibrancy of Western intellectual culture enabled it to stamp its imprint well beyond the frontiers of Christendom. Marcia Colish argues that the foundations of the Western intellectual tradition were laid in the Middle Ages and not, as is commonly held, in the Judeo-Christian or classical periods. She contends that Western medieval thinkers produced a set of tolerances, tastes, concerns, and sensibilities that made the Middle Ages unlike other chapters of the Western intellectual experience. She provides astute descriptions of the vernacular and oral culture of each country of Europe; explores the nature of medieval culture and its transmission; profiles seminal thinkers (Augustine, Anselm, Gregory the Great, Aquinas, Ockham); studies heresy from Manichaeism to Huss and Wycliffe; and investigates the influence of Arab and Jewish writing on scholasticism and the resurrection of Greek studies. Colish concludes with an assessment of the modes of medieval thought that ended with the period and those that remained as bases for later ages of European intellectual history.

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Oedipus Borealis

Author: Edna Edith Sayers
Publsiher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press
Total Pages: 306
Release: 2004
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 9780838640289
Rating: 4.8/5 (42 downloads)

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"After examining characters widely disparate from the saga skalds, the model holds: only in the narratives having a Christian purpose do we find the link among disability, deformity, sexual aberrance, wisdom, craft, and power broken. With the would-be Icelandic saint, Gudmund the Good, disability is no longer the mark of a great man, but now appears in its modern interpretation: a character-building setback that the hero must overcome."--BOOK JACKET.

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Paranormal Encounters in Iceland 1150–1400

Author: Ármann Jakobsson
Publsiher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
Total Pages: 445
Release: 2020-03-23
Genre: History
ISBN: 1501513869
Rating: 4.3/5 (69 downloads)

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This anthology of international scholarship offers new critical approaches to the study of the many manifestations of the paranormal in the Middle Ages. The guiding principle of the collection is to depart from symbolic or reductionist readings of the subject matter in favor of focusing on the paranormal as human experience and, essentially, on how these experiences are defined by the sources. The authors work with a variety of medieval Icelandic textual sources, including family sagas, legendary sagas, romances, poetry, hagiography and miracles, exploring the diversity of paranormal activity in the medieval North. This volume questions all previous definitions of the subject matter, most decisively the idea of saga realism, and opens up new avenues in saga research.

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Grettir's Saga

Author: Denton Fox
Publsiher: University of Toronto Press
Total Pages: 227
Release: 1974-01-01
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 0802061656
Rating: 4.1/5 (56 downloads)

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Grettir's saga is the last of the great Icelandic sagas. It tells the life and death of Grettir, a great rebel, individualist, and romantic hero. This volume includes genealogies and a study of the legal system.

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Grettir's Saga

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Publsiher: OUP Oxford
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2009-06-11
Genre: Social Science
ISBN: 019280152X
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A sweeping epic of the Viking Age, Grettir's Saga follows the life of the outlaw Grettir the Strong as he battles against sorcery, bad luck, and the vengefulness of his enemies. Among the most famous and widely read of Iceland's sagas, this new translation features extensive illustrative material to elucidate the story.

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The Farm as a Social Arena

Author: Liv Helga Dommasnes
Publsiher: Waxmann Verlag
Total Pages: 324
Release: 2016
Genre: History
ISBN: 3830985525
Rating: 4.5/5 (25 downloads)

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'The Farm as a Social Arena' focusses on the social life of farms from prehistory until c. 1700 AD, based mainly, but not exclusively, on archaeological sources. All over Europe people have lived on farms, at least from the Bronze Age onwards. The papers presented here discuss farms in Norway, Sweden, Iceland and Germany. Whether isolated or in hamlets or villages, farms have been important elements of the social structure for thousands of years. Farms were workplace and home for their inhabitants, women, men and children, and perhaps extended families - frequently sharing their space with domestic animals. Sometimes important events such as feasts, religious services and funerals also took place here. The household thus became a multi-faceted arena, which brought together a variety of community members that both shaped - and were shaped by - its social dynamics. At times work and other activities defined by the social arena that was the farm even affected long-term developments of society as such. With contributions by: Birgitta Berglund, Timo Bremer, Timothy Carlisle, Liv Helga Dommasnes, Doris Gutsmiedl-Schümann, Alf Tore Hommedal, Karen Milek, Emma Nordström, Kristin Armstrong Oma, Helge Sørheim and Inger Storli.

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Ballads of the North, Medieval to Modern

Author: Sandra Ballif Straubhaar
Publsiher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
Total Pages: 270
Release: 2019-04-15
Genre: History
ISBN: 3110660458
Rating: 4.0/5 (58 downloads)

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This volume is intended as a belated but heartfelt thank-you and Gedenkschrift to the late Larry Syndergaard (1936-2015), long-time professor of English at Western Michigan University and Fellow of the Kommission für Volksdichtung (International Ballad Commission). Larry’s contributions down the decades to ballad studies--particularly Scandinavian and Anglophone--included dozens of papers and articles, as well as his supremely useful book, English Translations of the Scandinavian Medieval Ballads. As David Atkinson and Thomas A. McKean of the Kommission have written (May 2015): “Larry... was a sound scholar with a penetrating mind which he used to support, encourage and befriend others, rather than show off his own knowledge. He will be remembered for his contributions to international balladry, especially for providing a bridge between the English- and Scandinavian-language ballads.” Larry’s particular fascination with the vernacular ballads of the northern medieval world are reflected in this collection; topics here range from plot elements such as demonic whales, otherworldly antagonists, and mer-people to thematic issues of genre, religion and sexual mores. As a tribute to the global influence of Larry’s scholarship and the broad academic interest in medieval ballads, the essays in this volume were contributed by twelve international scholars of narrative song based in Europe, North America and Australia.

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Egil's Saga

Author: Leifur Eiriksson
Publsiher: Penguin UK
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2004-09-30
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 0141930527
Rating: 4.0/5 (27 downloads)

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Egil's Saga tells the story of the long and brutal life of tenth-century warrior-poet and farmer Egil Skallagrimsson: a morally ambiguous character who was at once the composer of intricately beautiful poetry, and a physical grotesque capable of staggering brutality. The saga recounts Egil's progression from youthful savagery to mature wisdom as he struggles to avenge his father's exile from Norway, defend his honour against the Norwegian King Erik Bloodaxe, and fight for the English King Athelstan in his battles against Scotland. Exploring issues as diverse as the question of loyalty, the power of poetry, and the relationship between two brothers who love the same woman, Egil's Saga is a fascinating depiction of a deeply human character.

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The Supernatural in Íslendingasögur

Author: Arngrímur Vídalín
Publsiher: Lulu.com
Total Pages: 170
Release: 2012
Genre: Old Norse literature
ISBN: 9979721618
Rating: 4.1/5 (18 downloads)

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Dealing With The Dead

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Publsiher: BRILL
Total Pages: 461
Release: 2017-12-18
Genre: History
ISBN: 9004358331
Rating: 4.8/5 (31 downloads)

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From revenant legends to the regulation of burial space; from martyrologies to accounts of murder; and from the danse macabre to funerals both lavish and simple, this volume examines how communities dealt with their dead as continual, albeit non-living members.

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Routledge Revivals: Medieval Scandinavia (1993)

Author: Phillip Pulsiano
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 770
Release: 2017-07-05
Genre: History
ISBN: 1351665014
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First published in 1993, Medieval Scandinavia: An Encyclopedia covers every aspect of the region during the Middle Ages, including rulers and saints, overviews of the countries, religion, education, politics and law, culture and material life, history, literature, and art. Written by a team of expert contributors, the encyclopedia offers those who lack command of the various Scandinavian languages a basic tool for the study of Medieval Scandinavia from roughly the Migration Period to the Reformation. With full-page maps, useful supplementary photos, cross-references and a comprehensive index, this work will be a valuable and absorbing volume for students of the Norse sagas, the Viking age, and Old English history and literature, and for anyone interested in the cultural and historical heritage of Scandinavia.

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Grettir the Strong

Author: Anonymous
Publsiher: BEIJING BOOK CO. INC.
Total Pages: 390
Release: 1900-01-01
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 7999046574
Rating: 4.6/5 (74 downloads)

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Afterlives

Author: Nancy Mandeville Caciola
Publsiher: Cornell University Press
Total Pages: 384
Release: 2016-03-31
Genre: History
ISBN: 1501703463
Rating: 4.3/5 (63 downloads)

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Simultaneously real and unreal, the dead are people, yet they are not. The society of medieval Europe developed a rich set of imaginative traditions about death and the afterlife, using the dead as a point of entry for thinking about the self, regeneration, and loss. These macabre preoccupations are evident in the widespread popularity of stories about the returned dead, who interacted with the living both as disembodied spirits and as living corpses or revenants. In Afterlives, Nancy Mandeville Caciola explores this extraordinary phenomenon of the living's relationship with the dead in Europe during the five hundred years after the year 1000. Caciola considers both Christian and pagan beliefs, showing how certain traditions survived and evolved over time, and how attitudes both diverged and overlapped through different contexts and social strata. As she shows, the intersection of Christian eschatology with various pagan afterlife imaginings—from the classical paganisms of the Mediterranean to the Germanic, Celtic, Slavic, and Scandinavian paganisms indigenous to northern Europe—brought new cultural values about the dead into the Christian fold as Christianity spread across Europe. Indeed, the Church proved surprisingly open to these influences, absorbing new images of death and afterlife in unpredictable fashion. Over time, however, the persistence of regional cultures and beliefs would be counterbalanced by the effects of an increasingly centralized Church hierarchy. Through it all, one thing remained constant: the deep desire in medieval people to bring together the living and the dead into a single community enduring across the generations.