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The Saga Of Grettir The Strong (grettir's Saga)
by George Ainslie Hight
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The Times Literary Supplement
The [translation is] generally excellent; accurate and readable... sure to become the standard.
The [translation is] generally excellent; accurate and readable... sure to become the standard. (The Times Literary Supplement)
Composed at the end of the fourteenth century by an unknown author, The Saga of Grettir the Strong is one of the last great Icelandic sagas. With a mesmerizing combination of pagan ideals and Christian faith, it relates the tale of Grettir, an eleventh- century warrior struggling to hold on to the values of a heroic age as they are eclipsed by Christianity and a more pastoral lifestyle. Unable to settle into a community of farmers, Grettir becomes the aggressive scourge of both honest men and evil monstersuntil, following a battle with the sinister ghost Glam, he is cursed to endure a life of tortured loneliness away from civilization, fighting giants, trolls, and berserks.
About the Author
Bernard Scudder is an acclaimed translator of sagas, ancient and modern poetry, and leading contemporary novels and plays.
Örnólfur Thorsson is the editor of the multivolume Sagas of Icelanders.
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