Brennu-Njals Saga is the longest and most celebrated of the Icelandic Sagas. Though its events are set in the tenth and early eleventh centuries, the Saga. Njal’s Saga has ratings and reviews. Jeffrey said: ”Gunnar got ready to ride to the Thing, and before he left he spoke to Hallgerd: ‘Behave you. 1. kafli. Mörður hét maður er kallaður var gígja. Hann var sonur Sighvats hins rauða. Hann bjó á Velli á Rangárvöllum. Hann var ríkur höfðingi og.

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He has a good cause, and is besides mighty in himself and one of the boldest of men. A man, too, of the greatest mark; so that ye may well make this match with hrennu. In the modern era most generations of most families tend to pass their time in unremarkable ways.

Now the time for the Thing was coming on, Unna spoke to Sigmund Auzur’s son, and asked if he would ride to the Thing with her; he said he grennu not ride if his kinsman Hrut set his face against it. Hauskuld said the same thing to him a second time, and then Hrut answered, “Fair enough is this maid, and many will smart for it, but this I know brenny, whence thief’s eyes have come into our race”.

Again, surprisingly more civilized than anything I would have expected. Brennu-Njals Saga is the longest and most celebrated of the Icelandic Sagas. Then Hauskuld rode home to his house, and a little while after they got a fair wind and sail away to sea.

So they went out both of them, and Swan took a goatskin and wrapped it about his own head, and said, “Become mist and fog, become fright and wonder mickle to all those who seek thee”. After a pilgrimage to Rome, Flosi returns to Iceland. One of the best sagas, without a doubt. You can find the complete version of Njals Saga in English for free here. Killing is fine during the daytime, as long as you give notice of your deed to the family of the victim then later pay the wergild fee that the family sets for compensation for the dead man.

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Then they talked over the terms of the bargain, and Hauskuld never asked his daughter what she thought of it, for his heart was set on giving her away, and so they came to an understanding as to the terms of the match.

See all 42 reviews. Now Glum called men to follow him, and Thiostolf got ready and went with them.

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In short, it has everything the other sagas have – only more so. Then Thrain began to speak njlx “I will not whisper about that which is in my mind.

Then Thorarin told off all the women who were unwedded in Borgarfirth, and asked him if he would have any of these – “Say the word, and I will ride with thee! The Earl said that had been a bad year for grain, “and grennu will be little sailing out to Iceland, but still thou shalt have meal and timber both in thy ship”.

Lists with This Book. There subsequently develop questions over whether it is more honorable for a sagga to peacefully accept compensation and maintain old friendships or whether it would be more manly for him to enact a killing of his own in revenge. And then they all rode off to Steingrims river, and so on to Liotriverdale and Selriverdale, till they came to Bearfirth.

Brennu-Njáls saga

He said, “Ill luck is the end of ill redes, and now I see how szga has all gone. At the Althing, both sides gather. Asgrim answered that well, and said there were no men with whom he would be more willing to make this bargain than with them.


There were many creatively described, bloodthirsty moments as grennu as some detailed legal proceedings that confirmed for me the njlls of laws to balance the scales between the strongest and the weakest. Death alone us two shall part. Kettle was the name of the second son of Sigfus; he kept house in the Mark, east of Markfleet. Sep 19, Anna rated it liked it. Viking family sagas are just as badass as they sound.

Gunnar rode home, and gave Njal good gifts, and thanked him for the care he had taken of his goods, Kolskegg urged him on much to ride to the Thing, saying, “There thy honour will grow, for many will flock to see thee there”. Though written in spare and simple language, the saga is breathtaking in scope, describing a remarkable series of triumphs, tragedies, intrigues, and unintended consequences over several decades. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

We come to see that both Gunnar and Njal are pre-eminent men: Jan 13, Annie rated it really liked it.

He said he would do the work She set him to win; and so he went up into Redslip, and was to be there a week. He said he was riding to look for an old jade.