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Paperback, Published in Mar 2004 by Wildside Press

ISBN10: 080959319X | ISBN13: 9780809593194

"Full of dreams, strange prophecies, sexual slander, violent power struggles & fragile peace settlements, Njal's Saga is a compelling chronicle of a 50-year blood feud." Written in the late 13th century, it is the most powerful & popular of the great Icelandic Family Sagas & teems with memorable & complex characters such as Gunnar of Hlidarendi, a great warrior with an aversion to killing, the Iago-like Mord Valgardsson, & the wise & prescient Njal himself. Alongside the heroism & prowess there is also blood spilt in acts of cowardice & cruelty. Despite its distance from us in time & place, Njal's Saga explores perennial human problems: from failed marriages to divided loyalties, from the law's inability to curb passions to the terrible consequences when decent men & women are swept up in a tide of violence beyond their control.
There are many theories about the saga's authorship. The oldest idea, attested in the early 17th century, is that Sæmundr fróði wrote the work. Other suggested authors include Sæmundr's sons, Jón Loftsson, Snorri Sturluson, Einarr Gilsson, Brandr Jónsson & Þorvarðr Þórarinsson

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