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The Schemers and Viga-glum

The Schemers and Viga-glum

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 15/10/1997

 
George Johnston, renowned for his fine translations of "Old Icelandic" tales such as "The Saga of Gisli" and "Thrand of Gotu", takes a look at two orally-preserved stories from the middle of the ninth to the eleventh century. The first, "The Saga of the Schemers", is unique in that the work is wholly imaginative and its mood is comic whereas most are weighted on the side of passion and tragedy. The second, "The Saga of Viga-Glum", leans more traditionally on the story of a known Icelandic chieftain of the tenth century. Yet it cannot be read as history; fictional and folktale motifs have been worked into reports of actual events, and supernatural elements, belonging to pagan mythology and worship, have held their place in the telling. This is an accurate and thoughtful translation executed by a master.
ISBN:
9780889841895
9780889841895
Category:
Sagas
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
15-10-1997
Language:
English
Publisher:
Porcupine's Quill Inc.,Canada
Country of origin:
Canada
Pages:
160
Dimensions (mm):
222x141x16mm
Weight:
0.35kg

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