Comic Sagas and Tales from Iceland

Vidar Hreinsson - Editor

Vidar Hreinsson - Introduction by

Vidar Hreinsson - Notes by

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ISBN 9780140447743 | 368 pages | 30 Jul 2013 | Penguin Classics | 5.07 x 7.79in | 18 - AND UP
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The capstone volume in Penguin Classics’ celebrated series of Icelandic sagas
Comic Sagas and Tales from Iceland brings together the very finest Icelandic stories from the thirteenth to fifteenth centuries, a time of civil unrest and social upheaval. With feuding families and moments of grotesque violence, the sagas see such classic mythological figures as murdered fathers, disguised beggars, corrupt chieftains, and avenging sons who do battle with axes, words, and cunning. The tales, meanwhile, follow heroes and comical fools through dreams, voyages, and religious conversions in medieval Iceland and beyond. Shaped by Iceland’s oral culture and its people’s conversion to Christianity, these stories are works of ironic humor and stylistic innovation.



Further Reading

A Note on the Translations


The Saga of the Sworn Brothers (trans. Martin S. Regal)

Olkofri’s Saga (trans. John Tucker)

The Saga of the Confederates (trans. Ruth C. Ellison)

The Saga of Havard of Isafjord (trans. Fredrik J. Heinemann)

The Saga of Ref the Sly (trans. George Clark)


Hreidar’s Tale (trans. Robert Kellogg)

The Tale of Thorleif, the Earl’s Poet (trans. Judith Jesch)

The Tale of Thorstein Shiver (trans. Anthony Maxwell)

The Tale of Sarcastic Halli (trans. George Clark)



A Note on Poetic Imagery

Outline of Medieval Icelandic Literature


Index of Characters

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