The Northern Saga

dust jacket of "The Northern Saga"
E.J. Pratt Library

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Penguin Random House Archive and Library


E. E. Kellett


This collection contains prose translations of ninth century Icelandic sagas. There is an introduction that details the features of this genre and provides historical context. The stories are presented as truthful accounts, but with reservations about the reliability of the documents: "when we say the stories are 'true', we must remember in what sense truth is predicated of them. They are the truth of a highly superstitious and imaginative age and nation" (27-8).



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