Gisli Sursson's Saga and the Saga of the People of Eyri

Author: N.A

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141941898

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

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These sagas recount fierce feuds in which honour is fought for, sacrifice is demanded, and blood is shed. The fate of the characters at the centre of each saga, however, is very different. Gisli is a traditional Viking-age hero who is determined to exact revenge at any cost and whose death is tragic when it comes. In contrast his nephew, Snorri, represents a new generation and acts to strengthen the new social order. Taken together these sagas reveal the richness and variety of the saga tradition.

Gisli Sursson's Saga and the Saga of the People of Eyri

Author: Vésteinn Ólason

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0140447725

Category: Fiction

Page: 247

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'Fate must find someone to speak through. Whatever is meant to happen will happen.' Based on oral tales that originated from historical events in tenth-century Iceland, these two sagas follow the fate of a powerful Viking family across two generations, from its early Norwegian ancestry through to fierce battles to defend its honour. Gisli Sursson's Saga is a story of forbidden love and divided loyalties, in which the heroic Gisli vows to avenge the murder of his 'sworn brother' and sets in motion a chain of bloody events that culminate in tragedy. The Saga of the People of Eyri continues the story with Snorri, a cunning leader of the next generation, who uses his intellect to restore social order. Blending gripping narrative, humour, the supernatural and shrewd observation, these tales reveal the richness of the saga tradition and present a vivid record of a society moving from ruthless individualism to a Christian ethic of reconciliation and order.

The Return of the Dead

Ghosts, Ancestors, and the Transparent Veil of the Pagan Mind

Author: Claude Lecouteux

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1594776830

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 288

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How the ghost stories of pagan times reveal the seamless union existing between the world of the living and the afterlife • Demonstrates how Medieval Christianity transformed the more corporeal ghost encountered in pagan cultures with the disembodied form known today • Explains how the returning dead were once viewed as either troublemakers or guarantors of the social order The impermeable border the modern world sees existing between the world of the living and the afterlife was not visible to our ancestors. The dead could--and did--cross back and forth at will. The pagan mind had no fear of death, but some of the dead were definitely to be dreaded: those who failed to go peacefully into the afterlife but remained on this side in order to right a wrong that had befallen them personally or to ensure that the law promoted by the ancestors was being respected. But these dead individuals were a far cry from the amorphous ectoplasm that is featured in modern ghost stories. These earlier visitors from beyond the grave--known as revenants--slept, ate, and fought like men, even when, like Klaufi of the Svarfdaela Saga, they carried their heads in their arms. Revenants were part of the ancestor worship prevalent in the pagan world and still practiced in indigenous cultures such as the Fang and Kota of equatorial Africa, among others. The Church, eager to supplant this familial faith with its own, engineered the transformation of the corporeal revenant into the disembodied ghost of modern times, which could then be easily discounted as a figment of the imagination or the work of the devil. The sanctified grounds of the church cemetery replaced the burial mounds on the family farm, where the ancestors remained as an integral part of the living community. This exile to the formal graveyard, ironically enough, has contributed to the great loss of the sacred that characterizes the modern world.

Torture and Brutality in Medieval Literature

Negotiations of National Identity

Author: Larissa Tracy

Publisher: DS Brewer

ISBN: 1843842882

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 326

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A new look at the way in which medieval European literature depicts torture and brutality.

The Penguin Classics Book

In Search of the Best Books Ever Written

Author: Henry Eliot

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141990937

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 480

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Penguin Classics is the largest and best-known classics imprint in the world. From The Epic of Gilgamesh to the poetry of the First World War, and covering all the greatest works of fiction, poetry, drama, history and philosophy in between, this reader's companion encompasses 500 authors, 1,200 books and 4,000 years of world literature. Stuffed full of stories, author biographies, book summaries and recommendations, and illustrated with thousands of historic Penguin Classic covers, this is an exhilarating and comprehensive guide for anyone who wants to explore and discover the best books ever written.

Penguin Classics: The Catalogue

Author: Penguin Classics

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0718193474

Category: Reference

Page: 176

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'From books, all I seek is to give myself pleasure by an honourable pastime' Michel de Montaigne In 1946, E. V. Rieu's groundbreaking translation of The Odyssey established a cultural legacy that would bring the world's most compelling and influential literature to millions of readers around the globe. For over sixty-five years, Penguin Classics have been making works that were once the sole preserve of academics accessible to everyone; this catalogue offers a complete list of all titles in print across the list - more than 1,200 books, from Aristotle and Austen, to Zola and Zamyatin. It also features Michel de Montaigne's enchanting essay 'On Books'. 'The Penguin Classics, though I designed them to give pleasure even more than instruction, have been hailed as the greatest educative force of the twentieth century. And far be it for me to quarrel with that encomium, for there is no one whom they have educated more than myself' E. V. Rieu

Eine schöne junge Frau

Roman

Author: Tommy Wieringa

Publisher: Carl Hanser Verlag GmbH Co KG

ISBN: 3446248536

Category: Fiction

Page: 128

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Edward ist erfolgreicher Virologe - Arbeiten, Reisen, Affären -, Ruth fünfzehn Jahre jünger und Soziologiestudentin. Er verliebt sich hoffnungslos in sie, die beiden werden ein Paar und heiraten. Doch hier, wo viele Romane enden, beginnt Edwards eigentliche Geschichte erst. Der selbstbewusste Wissenschaftler, der die Versuchstiere eigenhändig tötet, wenn es der Karriere dient, hält Ruths moralischen Anforderungen nicht stand. Edward wird klar, dass sein besseres Ich bei seinem raschen Aufstieg auf der Strecke geblieben ist – für immer? Schonungslos, sensibel und genau erzählt Tommy Wieringa von der großen Liebe, die einem Mann in der Mitte des Lebens widerfährt und seine ganze Person in Frage stellt.

Eigi Einhamr

Beiträge zum Weltbild der Eyrbyggja und anderer Isländersagas

Author: Klaus Böldl

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 3110926326

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 315

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The 13th century Eyrbyggja saga is one of the most important Icelandic sagas, but also one of the most discussed because of the seemingly heterogeneous elements of its plot,which unfolds itas a chronicle.The present study takes as its starting point the central significance of the god Thor in his function as the founder and preserver of culture for the community of settlers, and attempts to develop the ideas connected with the establishment of an ordered community life for the medieval Icelanders.The thematic foci are provided by the occupation and settlement of land and the complex discourse of sacrifice in the saga.

Zehn Geschichten übers Rauchen

Author: Stuart Evers

Publisher: Frankfurter Verlagsanstalt

ISBN: 3627021770

Category: Fiction

Page: 192

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Zehn Geschichten, die sich entzünden, glühen und noch lange im Raum schweben, Geschichten, die Momente der Klarheit im tiefsten Nebel suchen, die von Einsamkeit handeln, von Schuld und Verführung, von der Stille, die das Klicken eines Feuerzeugs zerbricht, von schlaflosen Nächten, die von glimmender Asche durchglüht sind, von der Suche nach einem unbekannten Halbbruder, einem ungewöhnlichen Junggesellenabschied, einem wahllos weg geschnipsten Streichholz mit unabsehbaren Folgen, einer unglücklichen Familienzusammenkunft und einer letzten Zigarette.

Bauern zwischen Herrschaft und Genossenschaft

Author: John Ragnar Myking,Gertrud Thoma,Tore Iversen

Publisher: Tapir Academic Press

ISBN: 9788251921947

Category: Agriculture and state

Page: 289

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This is the second anthology in a series of three from the project Peasants' control over land and resources from the High Middle Ages to the end of the early modern period -- Norway, Scandinavia and the East-Alpine region, funded by the Norwegian Research Council. The first volume concentrated on ownership to land and peasant tenures. The present anthology in a more general way deals with vertical relations between peasants, landlords and territorial lords as well as with horizontal bonds and conflicts within the peasant society. These vertical and horizontal relations of power and influence have in the German academic tradition been described by the terms Herrschaft and Genossenschaft. This volume explores such relations with special emphasis on peasants' participation in and influence on courts and village assemblies. The contributors examine regions with contrasting topography and manorial systems in the Alps, in Bavaria and in the Scandinavian countries, taking into consideration that peasant participation might vary according to the strength of ecclesiastical and lay lords and the growth of territorial power. Their results show that peasants in all those regions had some influence, mostly in the Late Middle Ages, but that especially Tyrol and Norway can be identified as regions with substantial and continuous peasant influence from the Middle Ages well into the Early Modern Period.

Der tierische Blick

Mensch-Tier-Relationen in der Sagaliteratur

Author: Lena Rohrbach

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783772083075

Category: Animals

Page: 382

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Edda

die Lieder des Codex regius nebst verwandten Denkmälern

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Edda Sæmundar

Page: N.A

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