The end of the berserks A love affair Ulfar is killed Thorolf Twist-Foot dies Arnkel is killed A new dispute Bjorn comes back to Iceland A marriage offer The price of a slave The Battle of Alfta Fjord The Battle of Vigra Fjord Christianity in Iceland The hauntings begin The ghosts are banished Thorir is killed Alf and Snorri The criminals are killed Thorolf comes back from the dead In the New World About Eyrbyggja Saga An Icelandic saga which mixes realism with wild gothic imagination and history with eerie tales of hauntings.
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Rather, this saga assumes knowledge of that history and continues on. Having read this one first, I can't say whether the background would have helped. It might have, but once the main character and plot develop, I think a reader can get by fairly easily.
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While keeping track of characters is complicated, the important characters become obvious when the story gets going, and the reader won't find it too difficult to follow along. The secondary tier this saga is given is apparent in the translation. The English translation is quite lacking. The grammar and language are quite difficult at times although by repetition the meanings become apparent. Other sagas appear to be written better. The version I read is an e-book from Project Gutenberg.
Upon seeing the poor translation I picked up a sample of a pay copy from Amazon, and it wasn't any better. The saga itself is actually a fairly quick and short read. I'm happy I read it. My wife is reading Njal's saga, which the travel books make sound interesting, but it is very long. I think most readers will find a lot of these sagas difficult to read in long sittings.
The repetitious yet confusing language and sentence structure can be distracting. In conclusion, I think this saga is a good way to introduce oneself to the history of Iceland. In general they are nice pieces of medieval literature. They aren't fantastic works by any qualitative standards. These stories are chronicles not Nobel Prize works of literature. Never-the-less, they are fantastic and should be given more prominence in western literature.
I found this work to be every bit as entertaining as Beowulf or similar medieval literature. Feb 16, Kiersten Lawson rated it liked it. Before visiting Iceland I prioritized this among all the sagas because it is noted to be the one most concerned with folklore, pagan practices, rituals and superstitions spanning late ninth pagan to early eleventh christian century Iceland.
It was a badass as I later experienced Icelanders and their mysterious island to be: Anyway, yo Before visiting Iceland I prioritized this among all the sagas because it is noted to be the one most concerned with folklore, pagan practices, rituals and superstitions spanning late ninth pagan to early eleventh christian century Iceland.
Anyway, you don't have the look of a lucky man about you just now. Ravens feasted then, fattened by the spear's lust: But the very triviality of the surface causes of conflict only serves to emphasize the undercurrents of unreasoning pride and smouldering neurotic violence. As the day is dying a drink I'll pledge to the pain-filled memory of passing pleasures. Brooding, I yearn that her body might breed more boys like the brave lad born in my image.
When two weeks of winter had passed, he came home one evening, went straight to bed and lay down. Next morning, when people went to seehim they found him dead. One night Thorir Wood-Leg went out to the privy to ease himself, and when he was on his way back to the house, he saw the shepherd standing in front of the door. Thorir tried to get inside, but the shepherd barred his way. Thorir began walking away, but the shepherd came after him, picked him up, and threw him hard against the door.
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This gave Thorir a nasty shock and a good many bruises, but he struggled back to bed. Later he became ill, then died, and was buried at the church there. After that, the pair of them, Thorir Wood-Leg and the shepherd, were often seen together. As you might expect, people were terrified. May 14, Joseph F. One of many Icelandic sagas of the family genre, as opposed to the legendary type, this one is centered around the influential figure of Snorri the Priest. I usually really love these sagas, but this one I only really liked than loved it barely got my 4 stars.
Sure, it has all the fun stuff that these stories have: This one even had a demonic bull!
But there are some issues I had with it. The only thing I felt that held the story together wa One of many Icelandic sagas of the family genre, as opposed to the legendary type, this one is centered around the influential figure of Snorri the Priest. The only thing I felt that held the story together was the character of Snorri himself. The events followed one after the other like a series of anecdotes rather than weaving a cohesive story. But then again, this may also be due to the nature of these sagas. Also, I usually manage to keep straight all the characters. In this saga, it was a chore.
Many of the characters have similar, or even the same, names! And keeping the kinship ties in mind finally made me give up on which family hates who! Sure, kinship is an important feature of Icelandic sagas that's why they're called family sagas , but this particular saga was painful. It would have also been nice for the translator to put in a few more notes, especially where the text seemed a bit odd, or to try and explain why certain people got the justice they got when it clashed with our own modern sense of justice.
Overall though, there are some entertaining events here. I enjoyed the raw brutality of some of the scenes hey, life was hard during the early settlement of Iceland , and the gripping fight scenes are fast moving and sometimes even humorous, although I'm not sure the author meant them to be. Snorri is a man that people go to in order to help with disputes between the different farmers. But he is no saint; he'll do a little killing himself if he is pissed off enough. If you like Icelandic sagas, here is another one you can add to your list. Jun 07, Katie rated it it was amazing Shelves: This was one of only two books in my college class on the Icelandic Family Saga that I really got into.
The other was the poetic Edda, which should have been lying around here somewhere, but I have a feeling has already gone where the good used books go. Erybyggya Saga is set in the early days of Icelandic settlement, although it was written a couple centuries later. It centers around Snorri the Priest, a lawyer, and his activities, but tells the stories of other farmers as well. You get adulter This was one of only two books in my college class on the Icelandic Family Saga that I really got into. You get adultery, murder, pitched battles, mystery, guys getting killed in battle because they trip over their shoelaces, and a couple of really good ghost stories, plus what my professor called skalds, brief commentary in verse.
Some of them quite good.
This is easier reading than Njal's Saga, but if you are into blow-by-blow descriptions of fighting, that's the saga for you. Dec 02, Mark rated it really liked it. This was a re-read for me, and the saga was as fun and absorbing this time as it was the first. It's not among the greatest of the sagas: It offers, though, everything a reader could want from an Icelandic family saga: Further, the one character who appears throughout, Snorri the Priest, is intriguing in his grim, single-minded pursuit of mastery in western Iceland.
Again, though not one of greatest, the Erbyggja Saga is a great read and would serve as a fine--and relatively short! Aug 01, Jain rated it really liked it Shelves: It's a Norse saga, so: If you look beyond those particular aspects, however--or if you're a weirdo who actually enjoys them ;- --then this saga is awesome. In addition to the expected feuding neighbors, the saga features a couple of ghost stories, some viking raids, fa It's a Norse saga, so: In addition to the expected feuding neighbors, the saga features a couple of ghost stories, some viking raids, fascinating family dramas, and several interesting and highly relatable characters including two or three really excellent female characters.
Some passages are still a slog, but overall it's very much worth the effort. May 03, Othy rated it really liked it Shelves: A very enjoyable saga and a very good edition. Somewhat more disjointed than the other sagas I have read, Eyrbyggja Saga still comes together as a whole in its varied stories of arguments and reconciliation. More than any other even, somehow, Njal's Saga I was struck by both the brutality of these "farmers" and their deep desire for an organized way of life and compensation for deeds done. The edition impressed me quite a bit though, particularly the footnotes referencing other sagas which I A very enjoyable saga and a very good edition.
The edition impressed me quite a bit though, particularly the footnotes referencing other sagas which I hope to soon read. It would have been nice, though, to have family trees instead of a list of names and relations, as with the amount of characters involved things got rather confusing. Apr 16, Patrick Sprunger rated it liked it Recommends it for: Anyone wondering what inspired Middle Earth. I found Eyrbyggja the slowest of the three, but it does contain a fantastic ghost story involving the vengeful spirit of a murderer, a satanic bull, and his offspring.
Each is obviously really weird and owns unique influence in our lives from early childhood through adolescence. Jun 17, Micki James rated it really liked it. Both tough to keep reading and fascinating in its own way. One of the pleasures is the matter-of-fact point of view. One step more, and you'll finish up worse than Thorir. Interestingly, while I was reading this my son was watching "How to Train Your Dragon" set in Viking times which aided my visualization enormously.
Best recomme Both tough to keep reading and fascinating in its own way. Best recommendation would be that I plan to read another one of these Icelandic sagas soon. Nov 18, Thomas Janssen rated it liked it Shelves: A very enjoyable read, despite its episodic and somewhat random nature and all the namedropping of names that look alike on top of that. Still, the fights that broke out because of sometimes silly reasons e. It's written as a list of historical events of sorts, and the chapters are generally only pages long. This made it an easy and accesible read for me as well, which I really appreciated.
Mar 26, James rated it really liked it. Like most of the Icelandic Sagas, Eyrbyggja Saga is a heady mix of local history and politics, folklore, supernatural legends, and 13th century sensibility trying to make sense of the 11th Century Viking past. Essentially an historical novel, Eyrbyggja Saga is noteworthy for the complexity of its central figure, Snorri the Priest, and for its pervasive irony and grim humor.
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I read this the week of Halloween and thoroughly enjoyed it! Dec 07, Susan Morrison rated it it was amazing. Hilarious, moving, and violent--the sagas cannot be beat. Here we have one of my favorite topics--medieval excrement--as a key element in the story. Don't worry about following the genealogies--just pick it up--and revel in it!
Dec 07, Meg rated it it was ok. Not a fan of this translation; will look for another version. Jul 28, Charles Pearce rated it did not like it.
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Boring mostly with begats except for a paragraph or two describing a Viking attack. Oct 17, Nate rated it really liked it Shelves: A VERY interesting saga. More ghosts and supernatural appearances than in most of the others. Nov 24, John Wyss rated it liked it Shelves: Overall, a pretty good saga, though somewhat disjointed, and with a HUGE cast of characters so hard to follow at times.
A great look at some of the politics of medieval Iceland. Apr 24, mwr rated it really liked it Shelves: Well I found the "argue the dead back into the ground" passages I'd been looking for.
This is not one of the best sagas. It is interesting how magic is more present in sagas set in snaefelles. Feb 13, Abi rated it liked it Shelves: I find that Eyrbyggja just doesn't hold my interest like the other sagas that I've read. I enjoy it, but it's definitely my least favourite. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Books can be attributed to "Unknown" when the author or editor as applicable is not known and cannot be discovered.
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