Hrafnkel’Saga and Other Icelandic Stories




Hrafnkel’sS aga and Other Icelandic Stories
Hermann Pálsson, 144 pages
All seven stories in this volume date from the thirteenth century and fall into two distinct groups: Hrafnkel’s Saga, Thorstein the Staff-Struck and Ale Hood are set in the pastoral society of native Iceland, the homely touch and stark realism giving the incidents a strong feeling of immediacy. The remaining four, Hreidar the Fool, Halldor Snorrason, Audun’s Story and Ivar’s Story, were written without first-hand knowledge of Scandinavia, and describe the adventures of Icelandic poets and peasants at the royal courts of Norway and Denmark.


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