A legal saga with gratuitious violence, revenge,strong characters and what I would call magical realism. It makes me want to visit the site of Njal's farm in Iceland - a country I am fascinated by but only get to pass through .And our cat is now called 'Ragnar Hairy - Breeks'
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A legal saga with grat...
This is the best Saga!...
This is the best Saga! Got colour, (but perhaps that's due to the footnotes). Characterization, and gives an insight into the curious world of Icelandic law, both civil and criminal during the period. No civilized library should not have a translation of this work. In English, I believe that Magnusson and Palsson justly deserve the fame of their translation. Buy it, read it and lend it. (I've only lost three copies by this method. I read it three times (so far)
Arguably the most famo...
Arguably the most famous of the Icelandic sagas, this history tells of Njal, his sons, friends and surrounding people. It is from the 13th centuary and covers many topics including feuds, impotence, marriage, law etc. Two of the main characters are Gunnar and Njal. Njal is a well known wise man who is an expert in the laws who many turn to for advice. Gunnar is his close friend, but unfortunately their wives do not get on. Gunnar's wife begins a blood feud with Njal's wife where they keep killing people to try to get their husbands to fall out. It's a bit eye for an eyeand very petty. There are villians and heros and eventually both Gunnar and Njal are killed. Gunnar is killed in battle and Njal is burnt to death in his house with his wife. His sons take their revenge and go after the burners and the feuding continues. Parts of it are an excellent view inside Icelandic life at the time mentioning local food etc. It was also interesting to read about the laws at the Althing. It's not all blood, guts limbs and heads being chopped off. It has a sense of humor and a charm to the story, although it did loose me a little after Njal was killed. I loved reading the tale after not long having visited Iceland, it made me want to go back even more. I hope to read more of the sagas in the future.
Of all the sagas, this...
Of all the sagas, this one has the most political drama and there are parts that I really enjoy in it. Definitely recommend it.
I reread this followin...
I reread this following a trip to Iceland. It is a difficult book to understand in the way the Bible can be difficult -- there's little explanation of motivation and character is developed almost entirely through the action. It is a work that it is sometimes boring and sometimes thrilling. It is set in Iceland around 1000 AD and was written a few hundred years after the events it depicts. It is an interesting insight into a society that tries to deal with the essential violence of human nature. Payment of compensation for a murder or complicated legal proceedings sometimes prevent a cycle of killing and revenge killings. With so much homicide, it's a wonder that Iceland wasn't entirely depopulated.
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