Saturday 15 December 2018
Book Review: Eyrbyggja Saga (Classics)
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Publication Date: 1989 (1250)
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.