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The Story of Burnt Njal – Icelandic Saga Database

The Story of Burnt Njal – Icelandic Saga Database.


10 thoughts on “The Story of Burnt Njal – Icelandic Saga Database”

  1. Oh, don’t get me going on Sagas. I know Finland isn’t officially part of Scandinavia but the saga or National Epic of the Finnish Kalevela, its folk poetry surely must be rated as one of the best.

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    1. I think we can include them, even it officially there aren’t. The finnish people here are part of our Scandinavian choir and join in with the Scandinavian festivals. I quite enjoy singing some Finnish songs.


  2. I love Njal’s Saga. I always read from it in my classes when we study Icelandic literature. The part where Gunnar på Lidarende fights and dies and the part when Njal and his family are burned to death. It’s a fantastic story of how Christians and believers of the old faith/Gods could coexist in peace. The fighting and killings are more about slander and revenge.
    The Sagas where of course not meant for children, and it is said that some parts of them are true – have happened in the old days. If you go to iceland you will see many of the names and recognize them and the landscape from the Sagas.


    1. It is a shame that I did not read some of the Icelandic sagas before my visit to that region, but then, my hosts definitely referred to them in the places we visited. Such wonderful old stories, true or not. You are lucky to study /teach them Ann-christine.


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