ISBN 9780140447705 | 272 pages | 26 Apr 2005 | Penguin Classics | 5.07 x 7.79in | 18 - AND UP
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A crisp new translation of a powerful tale of love, hatred, and the bonds of friendship
Egilís Saga tells the story of the long and brutal life of tenth-century warrior-poet and farmer Egil Skallagrimsson: a psychologically ambiguous character who was at once the composer of intricately beautiful poetry and a physical grotesque capable of staggering brutality. This Icelandic saga recounts Egilís progression from youthful savagery to mature wisdom as he struggles to defend his honor in a running feud with the Norwegian king Erik Bloodaxe and fight for the English king Athelstan in his battles against Scotland. Exploring issues as diverse as the question of loyalty, the power of poetry, and the relationship between two brothers who love the same woman, Egilís Saga is a fascinating depiction of a deeply human character.