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The Saga of Grettir the Strong (Penguin Classics)

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ISBN 0140447733 / 9780140447736 / 0-14-044773-3
Publisher Penguin Classics
Language English
Edition Softcover
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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 monstersuntil, 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.

  • First time in Penguin Classics
  • Includes genealogical tables, maps, suggestions for further reading, and a note on the translation
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