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Laxdæla saga Written Around 1245 By An Unknown Author, The Laxdaela Saga Is An Extraordinary Tale Of Conflicting Kinships And Passionate Love, And One Of The Most Compelling Works Of Icelandic Literature Covering 150 Years In The Lives Of The Inhabitants Of The Community Of Laxriverdale, The Saga Focuses Primarily Upon The Story Of Gudrun Osvif S Daughter A Proud, Beautiful, Vain And Desirable Figure, Who Is Forced Into An Unhappy Marriage And Destroys The Only Man She Has Truly Loved Her Husband S Best Friend A Moving Tale Of Murder And Sacrifice, Romance And Regret, The Laxdaela Saga Is Also A Fascinating Insight Into An Era Of Radical Change A Time When The Age Of Chivalry Was At Its Fullest Flower In Continental Europe, And The Christian Faith Was Making Its Impact Felt Upon The Viking World.


10 thoughts on “Laxdæla saga

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    Tell me one thing, Mother, he asks, whom did you love most One of the most well known of the Old Norse sagas, the Laxd la Saga follows Gu r n svifsd ttir and her kinsfolk in the Icelandic region of Laxriverdale Gu r n is mythically revered as the most beautiful woman in the history of Iceland, and the saga details the history of her life and her four very different marriages, through romantic and violent tragedies of all sorts In the end, the twists and turns and mysteries of her love life are left up to the reader to wonder about.As one of the Icelandic family sagas, the story of Gu r n is based on true events, but with a rather fluid sense of historical truth beyond this Most of the saga should be treated as fictitious embellishment, but appreciate it as simply a fantastic story, and that is what you shall receive An excellent tale of a strong and independent woman and her changing fortunes, in love, grief and vengeance.Much of medieval ...


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    I m well aware that the Laxdaela Saga is considered the most important of the Icelandic sagas , so it s probably good that I chose this as my first Icelandic saga However if this is touted as being the best, I m not sure what I ll do about reading the others.There s a lot of cool stuff here, and I learned quite a bit actually like how if a woman wanted a divorce she could dress manly a man could get a divorce by dressing effeminately as well , and that one hundred marks of refined silver is about the same as approximately 425 milch cows Y know, to give you perspective and all Where was that latter tidbit in my math classes in school I ask I made the mistake perhaps of reading the Introduction first, which broke down in some detail the different chapters of the book Considering the chapters are generally about a page and a half long, the Introduction was rather lengthy I also felt that the summaries were quite sufficient By the time I got to the text I felt like I had already read the stories because I basically had , so the joy of the experience was sort of lost Swordplay, however, is always pretty neato, and the chicks here would well, slaughter me with their bare hands if they heard me call them chicks All of these things I can respect.Also worth noting are the names in this text You can t ma...


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    Laxdaela Saga is a multigenerational soap opera focused on several families of 10th and 11th century Icelanders There are unlucky lovers, long schemes, extemporaneous versifyings, magic swords and blood feuds galore The story also provides fascinating cultural and historical perspectives on topics like civic governance, women s rights, notions of honor, luck and cursing, and the inconveniences of living with murderous, misanthropic ghosts If you read Frans Bengtsson s The Long Ships and enjoyed it as much as I did, Laxdaela Saga strikes me as a good first step into the actual Scandinavian literature of the era Two bits of advice, however Don t get bogged down trying to keep all the names straight the main characters will stick And read the footnotes or else you re going to miss some of the best stuff.For example, if you didn t read the notes you d never know that when Thorgills Holluso...


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    One of the great Icelandic sagas It revolves mainly around the life of Gudrun, a strong woman of four husbands and three sons, who have an important role in the saga.At some point this text becomes a typical saga, with a chain of murders and revenges But the most interesting point is its telling of the first introduction of Christianity in Iceland, which took place during the time of king Olaf I of Norway Three Norwegian kings are importa...


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    Some of the founding sagas of Iceland and in part the basis for Wagner s Ring Cycle or at least some of the Brunhild parts Not only is the founding of Iceland described, but also the drama of kidnappings, jealousy, and freezing cold winters While this saga...


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    The Laxdaela Saga contains various figures and events, some legendary, some historical, all exaggerated to epic proportions Though I was drawn in by by the odd names, traditions and blood lust of the Icelandic Viking culture, what set this story apart was the striking modernity at the heart of the plot It is essentially a strung out love triangle and tale of revenge centering around a woman of extraordinary courage and ambition, Gudrun sv frsd ttir Unlike in other pre modern literature, the women of Viking sagas retain their power and influence beyond their youth They are responsible for defending their land and rights while their husbands raid foreign shores Gudrun, in her quest for avenging a wrong between clans, plays a of Lady Macbeth minus the stigma as her fixation on the revenge coincides with the cultural norm and is a triumph over th...


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    Love the episodes with Olaf All have gothic elements going to meet his grandfather the Irish king and getting lost in a strange fog of the coast, battling a ghost in the barn Love reading through to what signifies, what counts for people, in this different time and place, what things motivate the drama Wonder if any sagas tell ...


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    This is not only my favorite saga but also in the top five of my all time favorite books I can read it over and over and never tire of it I love the cast of strong, interesting women Gudrun is an amazing character I love how Gudrun s description, although it does contain some physical details, focuses on her intelligence and shrewdness In contrast, Kjar...


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    Bad Dudes with Axes Run Amok NOT The past is clouded over, dark and murky Once in a while, a hole opens up and we peer in, not sure what we are going to behold Sometimes the view is understandable, often, it is difficult to fathom, given our contemporary attitudes and expectations For a view of another culture far away in time and place, you cannot do better than to read the various Icelandic sagas, though The Tale of Genji is certainly up there too Some people may think Beowulf is only about fighting with monsters Similarly, if you approach the sagas, like this one, with the idea that it s about fighting and vengeance which it is in a way , you are going to miss the most interesting aspect of it The Laxdaela Saga is named after a river in northwest Iceland where the events told about took place in the early 11th century In my opinion, aside from its literary merits which I will leave to others to discuss this saga gives us a wonderful window on an ancient society We see how they talked, how they worked, traded and travelled, their relations with other parts of the ancient world, from Norway to Byzantium, and how they related to each other Most of all, as you can read in great detail in Jesse Byock s Viking Age Iceland , we can learn how they ma...


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    Icelandic Sagas are the best of the medieval literature Among all that, Laxdaela Saga is one of the best of the sagas to come from the Viking world with amazing stories of human interaction Reading this was an amazing experience, specially once you realize that these were real people, whose names are enshrined in the history of Iceland by their descendents.Laxdaela Saga has a lot of characters...


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