Saturday, 15 December 2018

Book Review: Eyrbyggja Saga (Classics)

Title: Eyrbyggja Saga
Publisher:
Penguin Classics

Publication Date: 1989 (1250)
Pages:
192
Format:
Paperback
Genre:
Classics
Source:
Birthday Gift




An Icelandic saga which mixes realism with wild gothic imagination and history with eerie tales of hauntings. It dramatizes a 13th century view of the past, from the pagan anarchy of the Viking age to the settlement of Iceland, the coming of Christianity and the beginnings of organized society.


Eyrbyggja Saga is another highly enjoyable Icelandic medieval saga. This one blends history with inter-family conflicts and unquiet spirits, and shows the interesting passage from paganism to Christianity. Perhaps not my favourite of the sagas overall, but a highly entertaining read all the same.

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