Eirik the Red and Other Icelandic Sagas (World's Classics)

Eirik the Red and Other Icelandic Sagas (World's Classics)

Gwyn Jones / Jul 19, 2019

Eirik the Red and Other Icelandic Sagas World s Classics Selected by Gwyn Jones the eminent Celtic scholar for their excellence and variety these nine Icelandic sagas include Hen Thorir The Vapnfjord Men Thorstein Staff Struck Hrafnkel the Priest of Fre

  • Title: Eirik the Red and Other Icelandic Sagas (World's Classics)
  • Author: Gwyn Jones
  • ISBN: 9780192835307
  • Page: 470
  • Format: Paperback
  • Selected by Gwyn Jones the eminent Celtic scholar for their excellence and variety, these nine Icelandic sagas include Hen Thorir, The Vapnfjord Men, Thorstein Staff Struck, Hrafnkel the Priest of Frey, Thidrandi whom the Goddesses Slew, Authun and the Bear, Gunnlaug Wormtongue, King Hrolf and his Champions, and the title piece.

    Erik the Red Family, Timeline Facts Biography Erik the Red Biography The Legend of Erik the Red Most of what is known about Erik Thorvaldsson, or Erik the Red, comes from Nordic and Icelandic sagas He is believed to have been born in in Rogaland on the southwestern tip of Norway At age , Erik s father, Thorvald Asvaldsson, was exiled for manslaughter, Erik the Red Norwegian explorer Britannica Erik the Red Erik the Red, byname of Erik Thorvaldsson, Old Norse Eirik Rau, Icelandic Eirkur Raui, flourished th century, Norway , founder of the first European settlement on Greenland c and the father of Leif Eriksson, one of the first Europeans to reach North America According to the Icelanders sagas, Home Erik the Red Erik The Red Nordic BBQ Barbarian Bar was founded on the principles of quality ingredients and friendly service We offer a diverse range of delicious food and drinks at affordable prices in a fun and relaxed environment. Erik the Red Ages of Exploration Erik the Red Erik Thorvaldsson was born in Rogaland, Norway in CE He was the son of Thorvald Asvaldson also spelled Osvaldson He would later become known as Erik the Red because of his red hair and beard Around the age of ten, Erik left with his father who was exiled from Norway after he Eirik The Red and Other Icelandic Sagas Oxford World s Gwyn Jones Eirik the Red and Other Icelandic Sagas is a short pages of text , but remarkably varied, collections of both Sagas proper and shorter stories thattr usually founded embedded in other, longer, works. Eric The Red Encyclopedia Eric the Red Eric the Red active late th century , Viking rover and founder of the first Scandinavian settlement in Greenland, was one of the early Viking explorers of North America Born in Norway about , Eric Thorvaldsson, who is known as Eric the Red, left that country as a child when his father, Thorvald, was exiled to Iceland. Profile of the Explorer Erik the Red ThoughtCo About Erik the Red He then took up residence further north according to Eirik s Saga, He occupied then Brokey and Eyxney, and dwelt at Tradir, in Sudrey, the first winter While building a new homestead, Erik lent what were apparently valuable pillars for seat stocks to his neighbor, Thorgest.

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      • Gwyn Jones

        Professor of English from 1940, writer, translator and academic Chairman of the Welsh Arts Council, CBE, holder of the Knight s Cross of the Order of the Falcon 1963 and the Commander s Cross 1987 of Iceland.


    1. This collection is best reviewed as individual stories, which is after all what they are. Some of the characters and places are in common between the individual sagas but from a reader point I feel they are discrete.Having read a few sagas I can say that the editors and translators are what make or break a collection and this editor does am amazing job. The introduction is almost as interesting as the sagas themselves and one can get so much out of it! Gwyn Jones brings the translation to life e [...]

    2. Read this for Myth & Saga. It's a little difficult to understand the sagas, at first. The names are all unfamiliar and often sound the same (lots of Thorsomethings), and the placenames are all odd, and I don't know the background history and context of them as well as I'd like. This translation seems relatively clear, though, and aside from the confusing names, it's easy to read. The history you get glimpses of, the Viking encounters with Native Americans, is interesting -- I think I knew a [...]

    3. Some of the sagas in this collection really wouldn't have been out of place in Tolkein's Unfinished Tales. They read very much like rough early drafts of tales from Middle Earth.The first few sagas drag somewhat. They mostly consist of vast genealogies (though apparently the translator Gwyn Jones removed some of the extraneous family-tree parts) and then a drawn out blood feud wherein two families will take it in turns avenging some crime that has long since been forgotten.Amongst these is Eirik [...]

    4. I was not impressed with the translator. Of course since this was the only translation I was able to find, its hard to say if its entirely the translators fault or the fault of the work itself. I just was not very impressed with the language use in this collection, it lacked any poetic quality (even the short snippets of verse seemed to lack a poetic feel). I think that at least a couple of these stories were very memorable, King Hrolf standing out significantly here. The first story was terribl [...]

    5. This collection tells the tales of the mortal men of Iceland and the surrounding areas showing how the culture and communities of the time valued their ancestry and their honour above all is. The sagas are a engrossing collection of blood-feuds, chivarly, honour and revenge and, once you get past all the similar sounding names and the same characters coming up in a few different places, they are surprisingly readable. These sagas also deal with the discovery of America by the Icelandic people an [...]

    6. Yes, it's 'Eirik', not 'Eric', or close enough, in modern English. I wrote about him in my "Glome's Saga" book, one of the more memorable Viking era characters and a great pitch-man. Want new settlers to come to a place, sight unseen? Call it "Greenland", even if it isn't, so much. Of course his son Leif, considered lucky, helped popularize the re-discovery an exploration of Vinland. His daughter might have been the toughest of the bunch, though, and the meanest.

    7. Wonderfully entertainingd even a bit mysterious because in one of the stories written over 1,000 years ago the writer describes with a high degree of accuracy the northeast coast of North America including what seems to be present-day Massachusetts!

    8. Never met an Icelandic saga i didn't like and this is no exception. Entertaining and enlightening to the culture of the time.

    9. Read this as a follow-up to a video course on great discoveries. The "Eirik" section is fairly short; most of these sagas are hard to follow and/or boring.

    10. A collection of sagas covering roughly the tenth and eleventh centuries, written down in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, these stories range from an account of the Norse discovery of North America to the various feuds that are said to have taken place between different families. The later sagas also cover the conversion of the Icelandic and Norse peoples to Christianity although this is given little more than a brief mention. Tales have inevitably been exaggerated in the telling - what [...]

    11. Certainly chock full of classic from +/- 1000 years ago.A few were a little hard for me to get through - they seemed more focused on telling confusing lineages of similarly named people only vaguely connected to the story. Almost biblical in those points.On the whole though, rollicking good times were had reading about the Scandahoovians and Icelanders - especially the ones telling of going to the new world hundred of years ahead of that other fellow who gets all the credit in popular culture.

    12. In the end this was tough reading. It was interesting to see a whole bunch of old stories that basically had no supernatural or magical elements - just stories about real people. Of course, the real people were always fighting and killing each other. However, the stories at times were difficult to follow because there were just too many characters introduced as relations to the central characters.

    13. Fascinating stuff, and particularly enjoyed reading the tales of Eirik the Red arriving in Greenland and the north west coast of America a millenium ago. In many of the stories people seem to travel between Sweden, England, Iceland, Ireland, Orkney Isles, etc at the drop of a hat, as you clearly do. Some other tales included here tend towards complicated family tree and wedding match stories.

    14. A fascinating contemporary account of the Norse in North America including tantalizing glimpses of the indigenous peoples encountered.

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