Seven Viking Romances (Penguin Classics)

Combining conventional delusion, oral heritage and re-worked eu legend to depict an old realm of heroism and sweetness, the seven stories accrued listed here are one of the such a lot fantastical of all of the Norse romances. Powerfully encouraged works of Icelandic mind's eye, they relate exciting, usually comical stories of recognized kings, tricky gods and ladies of significant good looks, goodness or crafty. The stories plunder a variety of previous literature from Homer to the French romances—as within the story of the wandering hero Arrow-Odd, which mixes numerous older legends, or Egil and Asmund, the place the tale of Odysseus and the Cyclops is skilfully tailored right into a conventional Norse legend. those are one of the such a lot outrageous, pleasant and exhilarating stories in all Icelandic literature.

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