Beyond the Northlands: Viking Voyages and the Old Norse Sagas

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Oxford University Press #ad - What emerges from these tales is a mixture of realism and fantasy, quasi-historical adventures, and exotic wonder-tales that rocket far beyond the horizon of reality. Oxford university Press USA. To explore the sagas and the world that produced them, Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough now takes her own trip through the dramatic landscapes that they describe.

But the depiction of the Viking world in the Old Norse-Icelandic sagas goes far beyond historical facts. In the dying days of the eighth century, the Vikings erupted onto the international stage with brutal raids and slaughter. Beyond the northlands explores this world through the stories that the Vikings told about themselves in their sagas.

As her journey across the old norse world shows, we can begin at least to understand just how the world was experienced, remembered, by situating the sagas against the revealing background of this other evidence, and imagined by this unique culture from the outermost edge of Europe so many centuries ago.

Along the way, encyclopaedic manuscripts, she illuminates the rich but often confusing saga accounts with a range of other evidence: archaeological finds, rune-stones, medieval world maps, and texts from as far away as Byzantium and Baghdad. Throughout the middle ages, long-ships transported hairy northern voyagers far and wide, encountered unfamiliar races, explored and settled new lands, where they not only raided but also traded, and embarked on pilgrimages and crusades.

Beyond the Northlands: Viking Voyages and the Old Norse Sagas #ad - The norsemen travelled to all corners of the medieval world and beyond; north to the wastelands of arctic Scandinavia, skins, and east down the Russian waterways trading silver, south to the politically turbulent heartlands of medieval Christendom, west across the wild seas to Greenland and the fringes of the North American continent, and slaves.

The medieval norsemen may be best remembered as monk murderers and village pillagers, but this is far from the whole story.

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Northmen: The Viking Saga, AD 793-1241

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Thomas Dunne Books #ad - In ad 800, the scandinavians were just barbarians in longships. By the year 1200, what remained of the vikings’ pagan origins floated beneath the surface and the strong, strange territories of the north had become a part of Latin Christendom. Northmen is there to tell the tale, to pay homage to what was lost and celebrate what was won.

. Thomas Dunne Books. Though they held sway in the north, their power meant little more than the ability to pillage and plunder, which they did to bolster their status at home. Focusing on key events, including the sack of lindisfarne in 793 and the Battle of Stamford Bridge in 1066, medieval history expert John Haywood recounts the saga of the Viking Age, from the creation of the world through to the dwindling years of halfhearted raids and elegiac storytelling in the thirteenth century.

He does so with meticulous research, engaging narrative, and sensitivity for his subject, shedding light and blood along the way. The twist that no one predicted, and by a turn of the tide, insidious takeover than any the Vikings would execute, was a much slower, however, they themselves became its target.

Northmen: The Viking Saga, AD 793-1241 #ad - From finland to newfoundland and jelling to Jerusalem, follow in the wake of the Vikings―a transformative story of a people that begins with paganism and ends in Christendom. For as they made their mark on Europe, Europe made its mark on them. But as these norse warriors left their strongholds to trade, Asia, raid, and the North Atlantic, and settle across wide areas of Europe, their violent and predatory culture left a unique imprint on medieval history.

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The Sagas of Icelanders: Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition

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Penguin Classics #ad - Thomas Dunne Books. A unique body of medieval literature, the Sagas rank with the world's greatest literary treasures--as epic as Homer, as deep in tragedy as Sophocles, as engagingly human as Shakespeare. With more than 1, 700 titles, penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines.

Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators. Set around the turn of the last millennium, ultimately, these stories depict with an astonishingly modern realism the lives and deeds of the Norse men and women who first settled Iceland and of their descendants, who ventured further west--to Greenland and, the coast of North America itself.

The Sagas of Icelanders: Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition #ad - The ten sagas and seven shorter tales in this volume include the celebrated "Vinland Sagas, " which recount Leif Eiriksson's pioneering voyage to the New World and contain the oldest descriptions of the North American continent. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world.

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The Little Book of Tourists in Iceland: Tips, tricks, and what the Icelanders really think of you

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Little Books Publishing #ad - Thomas Dunne Books. Iceland is in the midst of an unprecedented tourist boom that has brought wealth to the country, but also myriad issues and challenges. This book provides a unique insight into the social and environmental impact that tourism is having on Iceland, responsibly, and with wit and intelligence offers invaluable tips for touring safely, and in harmony with the locals.

. A fascinating resource for anyone interested in contemporary Iceland, and an essential companion for all visitors to the country. Among the topics addressed in this book:• why now? - reasons for the tourism boom in iceland• the impact of tourism on iceland’s housing market, law enforcement, seriously irk the icelanders • crazy stories of tourists in iceland• the environmental footprint: depletion of natural resources, refusal to bail out banks, disgusting food …… and much, search and rescue operations, pollution, promiscuity, believing in elves, or not - all about the endless debate• How the locals really feel about the tourist invasion • The truth about those Iceland myths: jailed bankers, and the physical impact of tourism • Taxing tourists, and more• Klondike fever in the Icelandic tourism industry• Touring Iceland and staying safe: the main dangers of travel in Iceland• Out driving: essential things to keep in mind on Iceland’s roads• What they think of us: complaints that tourists of different nationalities have about Iceland and Icelanders• What we think of them: tourist behaviours that really, incest app, health care system, much more.

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The Vinland Sagas Penguin Classics

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Penguin Classics #ad - Consisting of the saga of the greenlanders and eirik the Red's Saga, they chronicle the adventures of Eirik the Red and his son, Leif Eirikson, who explored North America 500 years before Columbus. With more than 1, 700 titles, penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines.

Thomas Dunne Books. Famous for being the first-ever descriptions of north america, they recount the Icelandic settlement of Greenland by Eirik the Red, and written down in the early thirteenth century, the chance discovery by seafaring adventurers of a mysterious new land, and Eirik's son Leif the Lucky's perilous voyages to explore it.

The Vinland Sagas Penguin Classics #ad - For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. The bestselling saga of eirik the red, and the first American explorersThe all-time bestselling of the sagas in Penguin Classics, Leif the Lucky, The Vinland Sagas are published here in a vibrant new translation.

Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators. Penguin Classics.

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The Little Book of the Hidden People: Twenty stories of elves from Icelandic folklore

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Little Books Publishing #ad - That is what the stories of the elves, or hidden people, are really about. In a country that was, at times, virtually uninhabitable, where poverty was endemic and death and grief a part of daily life, the Icelanders nurtured a belief in a world that existed parallel to their own. The hidden people lived inside hillocks, cliffs or boulders, very close to the abodes of the humans.

But what do those elf stories really tell us about the Iceland of old and the people who lived there? In this book, author Alda Sigmundsdóttir presents twenty translated elf stories from Icelandic folklore, along with fascinating notes on the context from which they sprung. The international media has had a particular infatuation with the Icelanders’ elf belief, generally using it to propagate some kind of “kooky Icelanders” myth.

The Little Book of the Hidden People: Twenty stories of elves from Icelandic folklore #ad - This was the world of the hidden people, which more often than not was a projection of the most fervent dreams and desires of the human population. To the icelanders, stories of elves and hidden people are an integral part of the cultural and psychological fabric of their nation. All this and more is the subject of this book.

Their livestock was better and fatter, their sheep yielded more wool than regular sheep, their crops were more bounteous. They even had supernatural powers: they could make themselves visible or invisible at will, and they could see the future. They are a part of their identity, a reflection of the struggles, hopes, resilience and endurance of their people.

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Vikings: The North Atlantic Saga

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Smithsonian Books #ad - Smithsonian Books DC. Replete with color photographs, drawings, this book celebrates and explores the Viking saga from the combined perspectives of history, literature, archaeology, and maps of Viking sites, artifacts, oral tradition, and landscapes, and natural science. The book's contributors chart the spread of marauders and traders in Europe as well as the expansion of farmers and explorers throughout the North Atlantic and into the New World.

Vikings: The North Atlantic Saga #ad - Thomas Dunne Books. They show that norse contacts with native American groups were more extensive than has previously been believed, but that the outnumbered Europeans never established more than temporary settlements in North America. Penguin Classics.

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Women in the Viking Age

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BOYE6 #ad - Women in the viking age explores anunfamiliar aspect of medieval history and offers a new perspective on Viking society, very different from the traditional picture of a violent and male-dominated world. Smithsonian Books DC. Judith jesch is reader in viking Studies at the University of Nottingham. Penguin Classics.

Women in the Viking Age #ad - Used book in Good Condition. Guardian this is the first book-length study in English to investigate what women did in the Viking age, both at home in Scandinavia and in the Viking colonies from Greenland to Russia. Well-illustrated, closely argued and fascinating. Evidence for their lives is fragmentary, place names and personal names, but Judith Jesch assembles the clues provided by archaeology, runic inscriptions, foreign historical records and Old Norse literature and mythology.

. Thomas Dunne Books. These sources illuminate different aspects of women's lives in the Viking age, on the farms and in the trading centres of Scandinavia, abroad on Viking expeditions, and as settlers in places such as Iceland and the British Isles.

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Laughing Shall I Die: Lives and Deaths of the Great Vikings

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Reaktion Books #ad - Smithsonian Books DC. Thomas Dunne Books. Used book in Good Condition. The literature of the vikings is dominated by famous last stands, famous last words, death songs, and defiant gestures, all presented with grim humor. Penguin Classics. One of the most exciting books on vikings for a generation, Laughing Shall I Die presents Vikings for what they were: not peaceful explorers and traders, but warriors, marauders, and storytellers.

. Along the way, he recounts many of the great bravura scenes of Old Norse literature, including the Fall of the House of the Skjoldungs, the clash between the two great longships Ironbeard and Long Serpent, and the death of Thormod the skald. And yet, valkyries, it is this same worldview that has always powered the popular public image of the Vikings—with their berserkers, and cults of Valhalla and Ragnarok—and has also been surprisingly corroborated by archaeological discoveries such as the Ridgeway massacre site in Dorset.

Laughing Shall I Die: Lives and Deaths of the Great Vikings #ad - Laughing shall i Die explores the Viking fascination with scenes of heroic death. Much of this mindset is markedly alien to modern sentiment, and academics have accordingly shunned it. Was it this mindset that powered the sudden eruption of the vikings onto the European scene? Was it a belief in heroic death that made them so lastingly successful against so many bellicose opponents? Weighing the evidence of sagas and poems against the accounts of the Vikings’ victims, Tom Shippey considers these questions as he plumbs the complexities of Viking psychology.

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Viking Age Iceland

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Penguin Books #ad - Used book in Good Condition. Combining history with anthropology and archaeology, the power of chieftains and the church, this remarkable study serves as a valuable companion to the Icelandic sagas, farming, marriage, exploring all aspects of Viking Age life: feasting, and the role of women. The popular image of the viking Age is of warlords and marauding bands pillaging their way along the shores of Northern Europe.

In this fascinating history, jesse Byock shows that Norse society in Iceland was actually an independent one-almost a republican Free State, without warlords or kings. Smithsonian Books DC. Penguin Classics. A work with broad social and historical implications for our modern institutions, Byock's history will alter long-held perceptions of the Viking Age.

Viking Age Iceland #ad - With masterful interpretations of the blood feuds and the sagas, Byock reveals how the law courts favored compromise over violence, and how the society grappled with proto-democratic tendencies. Thomas Dunne Books.

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Egil's Saga Penguin Classics

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Penguin Classics #ad - Thomas Dunne Books. Penguin Classics. Penguin Classics. Smithsonian Books DC. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators. With more than 1, 700 titles, penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines.

The saga recounts egil's progression from youthful savagery to mature wisdom as he struggles to avenge his father's exile from Norway, defend his honour against the Norwegian King Erik Bloodaxe, and fight for the English King Athelstan in his battles against Scotland. Exploring issues as diverse as the question of loyalty, and the relationship between two brothers who love the same woman, the power of poetry, Egil's Saga is a fascinating depiction of a deeply human character.

Egil's Saga Penguin Classics #ad - For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. Used book in Good Condition. Egil's saga tells the story of the long and brutal life of tenth-century warrior-poet and farmer Egil Skallagrimsson: a morally ambiguous character who was at once the composer of intricately beautiful poetry, and a physical grotesque capable of staggering brutality.

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