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Sagas of Icelanders

The Sagas of Icelanders (Icelandic: Íslendingasögur)—many of which are also known as family sagas—are prose histories describing mostly events that took place in Iceland in the 10th and early 11th centuries. They are the best known specimens of Icelandic literature.

The authors of the Icelanders' sagas are unknown. One, Egils saga, is believed by many modern scholars to have been written by Snorri Sturluson, a descendant of the saga's hero, but this is not certain.

The Icelanders' sagas are a literary phenomenon from the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. They are focused on history, especially genealogical and family history. They reflect the struggle and conflict that arose within the societies of the second and third generations of Icelandic settlers.

The standard modern edition of Icelandic sagas is known as Íslenzk Fornrit.

List of Icelanders' sagas:

See also


  • Arnold, Martin. The Post-Classical Icelandic Family Saga. The Edwin Mellen Press. United Kingdom. 2003
  • Karlsson, Gunnar. The History of Iceland. University of Minnesota Press. Minneapolis, Minnesota. 2000.
  • Liestol, Knut. The Origin of the Icelandic Family Sagas. Harvard University Press. Norway. 1930.
  • Miller, William Ian (1990). Bloodtaking and Peacemaking: Feud, Law, and Society in Saga Iceland. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
  • Ornolfur, Thorsson. The Sagas of Icelanders. Leifur Eiriksson Publishing Ltd. Great Britain. 1997
  • Thorsson, Örnólfur, et al. :The Sagas of the Icelanders: a selection (Penguin Classics, 2000).

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