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The Saga of Grettir the Strong

Anonymous - Author

Bernard Scudder - Translator

Ornolfur Thorsson - Editor/introduction

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ISBN 9780140447736 | 320 pages | 29 Nov 2005 | Penguin Classics | 5.07 x 7.79in | 18 - AND UP
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A profoundly moving conclusion to the golden age of Icelandic sagas

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 monsters—until, 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.

The [translation is] generally excellent; accurate and readable... sure to become the standard. (The Times Literary Supplement)