Seven Viking Romances

Seven Viking Romances

Paperback (26 Sep 1985)

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Synopsis

Combining traditional myth, oral history and re-worked European legend to depict an ancient realm of heroism and wonder, the seven tales collected here are among the most fantastical of all the Norse romances. Powerfully inspired works of Icelandic imagination, they relate intriguing, often comical tales of famous kings, difficult gods and women of great beauty, goodness or cunning. The tales plunder a wide range of earlier literature from Homer to the French romances - as in the tale of the wandering hero Arrow-Odd, which combines several older legends, or Egil and Asmund, where the story of Odysseus and the Cyclops is skilfully adapted into a traditional Norse legend. These are among the most outrageous, delightful and exhilarating tales in all Icelandic literature.

Book information

ISBN: 9780140444742
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Imprint: Penguin Classics
Pub date:
Language: English
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 224g
Height: 197mm
Width: 130mm
Spine width: 20mm