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Hrafnkel's Saga and Other Icelandic Stories

Hrafnkel s Saga and Other Icelandic Stories They date from the thirteenth century and fall into two distinct groups Hrafnkel s Saga Thorstein the Staff Struck and Ale Hood are set in the pastoral society of native Iceland the homely touch an

  • Title: Hrafnkel's Saga and Other Icelandic Stories
  • Author: Unknown Hermann Pálsson
  • ISBN: 9780140442380
  • Page: 440
  • Format: Paperback
  • They date from the thirteenth century and fall into two distinct groups Hrafnkel s Saga, Thorstein the Staff Struck, and Ale Hood are set in the pastoral society of native Iceland, the homely touch and stark realism giving the incidents a strong feeling of immediacy.The remaining four Hreidar the Fool, Halldor Sorrason, Auduns Story, and Ivars Story were written withoutThey date from the thirteenth century and fall into two distinct groups Hrafnkel s Saga, Thorstein the Staff Struck, and Ale Hood are set in the pastoral society of native Iceland, the homely touch and stark realism giving the incidents a strong feeling of immediacy.The remaining four Hreidar the Fool, Halldor Sorrason, Audun s Story, and Ivar s Story were written without first hand knowledge of Scandinavia, and describe the adventures of Icelandic poets and peasants at the royal courts of Norway and Iceland Pagan elements tightly woven into the pattern of Christian ethics give these stories their distinctive character and cohesion.

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    1. If you're looking for the inspiration for Shadowfax, Gandalf's noble steed, look no further. Freyfaxi the Wonder Pony, noble steed of Hrafnkel is the horse you're looking for. This, and the other stories herein, are marvelous in their own right. But let's face it: it's super fun to see where Tolkien got some of the material for his books.

    2. Hrafnkel is a saga writ small, but with all the propelling blunt force of its lengthier cousins. This simple story told in starkly realistic prose draws a vivid picture of tenth-century Iceland’s snow-capped mountains, mires, and grassy slopes dotted with the homesteads of tetchy farmers, who hold honor more dear than life. The story begins with a murder of a poor peasant, who yielded to the temptation to ride his master’s sacrosanct horse. From this grim beginning, the saga branches into a [...]

    3. The title story is much more consciously literary than the other stories in this short collection. It's a tale of broken oaths, murder, revenge, legal drama and redemption in medieval Iceland.Several of the other stories have similar themes but have a somewhat different tone, being more like a cross between a short biography of an individual and the anecdotes about him that would get told down the pub on a long winter's night.The latter-most stories take a wider look at the Norse world as they t [...]

    4. Hrafnkel's Saga is about a feud and the vicious killings and legal drama that go along with it. There's a Varangian and the lava fields are featured. One of the epithets of King Harald Straight-Hair's ancestor is 'the farter'.The other stories are much shorter and more straightforward. Thorstein Staff-struck was okay. Apparently when they weren't feuding and duelling the Icelanders used to make horses fight each other to relieve men of their pastoral boredom, but then the men would get angry and [...]

    5. I have not actually read this whole book, I just read Hraknkel's Saga in the larger collection of Icelandic Sagas I am going through and wanted a venue to review it on its own. This is a much shorter tale than Egil's Saga, which I read a few weeks ago, and probably much more accessible for that. If Egil's is a novel, then Hrafnkel's is a short story and all the better for it. Told with an economy of information that makes the material timeless and appealingly opaque, this is one of the best piec [...]

    6. Back in my teens (during the 1980s) I collected Penguin Classics. I bought a dozen Viking Sagas but never got round to reading any of them. At long last I've decided to remedy the situation and this is the first of them. *Hrafnkel's saga* is one of the shortest major sagas but it's a remarkable work nonetheless, one of the first examples of "realism" in world literature, though it's a curiously alien realism by modern standards This book contains six other stories dating from the 13th Century. T [...]

    7. A good, short introduction to Icelandic sagas. The stories, especially "Thorstein the Staff-Struck," emblematize those things that are so good about the sagas: the collocation of Christian and pagan ideas (and the tension between them), clear-eyed realism and seriousness of tone, and wry humor. I would argue that anyone who grew up in a rural area, in Iceland or elsewhere, will recognize these hard-headed people, and feel at least somewhat welcome in their community.

    8. Has some cool joints. Everyone’s killy, dark, completely homicidally into horses. Plus “Hrafnkel” is almost identical to my crudely elided work email!

    9. Okay, I'm a bit biased here. I LOVE Icelandic sagas. My first was Njal's Saga. This was followed by many others. There are different types of these sagas. Most people are probably more familiar with the legendary ones: stories of heroes, monsters and gods. The most popular of this type is the story of Sigurd(Siegried) and the dragon.But there is another type: the family sagas. These are much more real to life stories, and much more prosaic. They take place during or just after the Vikings settle [...]

    10. The stories in this collection of Icelandic sagas date from the 13th century but take place centuries before that. They're fascinating! I expected Homeric but they're a little morehomey. They're full of characters named Thord and Thorarin, Thorhall and Thorvald (many of whom have bad tempers and handy weapons), and tell of fights among relatives, lawsuits, drinking contests, and staged horse fights. I liked the flawed characters, and I liked that some of them grew and changed while others didn't [...]

    11. An interesting little collection of sagas and stories from the old Icelandic peoples. I'm glad I read this as a primer to Njal's Saga. There are hints of pagan spiritualism in Hrafnkel's story, but it is not romanticized. The author definitely threw in a few Christian ethical spins (or maybe they would have accumulated naturally through the passing of these tales through medieval Iceland). There are great moments of sacrifice, honour, and a subtle sense of humour in some of these stories. It's a [...]

    12. An interesting book for its insight into the world of medieval Iceland. This was a world from whence our judicial system was derived, yet despite these laws the ultimate arbiter of any issue was force in Iceland. From a cultural perspective, the issues and concerns of the characters in the sagas were very similar to our modern day concerns. However, the jilted nature of the linear narrative, plodding along often to anticlimactic ends could be a bit perturbing. It left me thinking how unfortunate [...]

    13. If you like the History Channel series 'Vikings', this is the source material for much of the overall plot line, even if this collection doesn't discuss Ragnar and Rollo specifically. Tales of Norwegian court life during the 1400s, the conquest of the last vestiges of paganism by Christianity, at least to a certain depth, and the grueling but rewarding daily life of commoners in the Icelandic frontier give the reader a taste of what life was like in the early medieval era for all levels of Scand [...]

    14. Hrafnkel's Saga (pronounced roughly like "Hrapket's Saga") is a very rare work indeed, focusing on the average Old Icelandic farmer rather than the heroes, kings, and poets of the day. It's pretty good to boot. The eponymous hero even strings up a group of men through holes he pokes between their achilles tendons and heel bones.The Other Icelandic Stories are the real gems, though. They range from cutesy to tragic and are just good fun reads, some of them almost mini-sagas.I would suggest this b [...]

    15. Great snapshot in medieval Icelandic culture (presumably common enough through Scandinavia that the characters freely travel through it without incident). I found it amusing, though, that a "saga" in Icelandic lore is a lawsuit. Many lawsuits, in fact. The authors of the tales are unknown, but I bet it was John Grisham.

    16. I really enjoyed this short book. The stories in it are interesting without having any sort of pretense or grandeur. They're not cautionary tales, or epics involving heroic acts, but much more mundane. They are stories of people, albeit odd people, and stories of Iceland. A great window into the laws of the time and the attitude of he people. Thoroughly enjoyable

    17. An interesting work on the tales of Iceland. It helps if you know who a few historical characters are, especially Harold the Ruthless and his war with Denmark. He comes up frequently. Now, if you’re looking for dragons and elves, this is not the place. These stories read a lot more like the Wild West.

    18. I really enjoyed this- some of it made me laugh out loud at times. A good introduction helped contextualise things and footnotes helped give more detail, but didn't take away from the fast- paced narrative.

    19. An absolutely great collection of stories. Sure some of them can be dull at times, but I excuse this as the stories were written in a different era and culture. I highly recommend this to anyone with interest in Medieval or old literature.

    20. It's like the Godfather, except with families of Vikings. Having never read any sagas before this one, I have to say I was quite pleasantly surprised. A lot more politics involved than you'd expect.

    21. Nice collection of short stories, all of them with a morality component. Unfortunately, the style of the Nordic sagas makes these brief narratives less enjoyable in my opinion as the bulk of the tale revolves around heritage and ancestry. Worth the time if you enjoy this style of writing though.

    22. The sagas seem to involve a number of men killing each other in fits of foolish anger, but they are quite amusing. A good, readable translation.

    23. Very good stories! It is always nice to see legends and stories of another country and just how similar they are to our own.

    24. Stark Nordic tales. A browse through the name index will show you where Tolkien snagged at least some of his names.

    25. As someone with a legal background, I really enjoyed the descriptions of the Althing and other legal proceedings.

    26. An interesting collection of 7 stories, some pretty good (Hrafnkel's Saga is very good), others somewhat boring (like Ivar's Story). Worth reading, but not the best sagas, by any means . . .

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