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The Vinland Sagas: The Norse Discovery of America By Anonymous Hermann Pálsson Magnus Magnusson,

  • Title: The Vinland Sagas: The Norse Discovery of America
  • Author: Anonymous Hermann Pálsson Magnus Magnusson
  • ISBN: 9780140441543
  • Page: 268
  • Format: Paperback
  • One of the most arresting stories in the history of exploration, these two Icelandic sagas tell of the discovery of America by Norsemen five centuries before Christopher Columbus Together, the direct, forceful twelfth century Gr nlendinga Saga and the polished and scholarly Eirik s Saga, written some hundred years later, recount how Eirik the Red founded an IcelandicOne of the most arresting stories in the history of exploration, these two Icelandic sagas tell of the discovery of America by Norsemen five centuries before Christopher Columbus Together, the direct, forceful twelfth century Gr nlendinga Saga and the polished and scholarly Eirik s Saga, written some hundred years later, recount how Eirik the Red founded an Icelandic colony in Greenland and how his son, Leif the Lucky, later sailed south to explore and if possible exploit the chance discovery by Bjarni Herjolfsson of an unknown land In spare and vigorous prose they record Europe s first surprise glimpse of the eastern shores of the North American continent and the natives who inhabited them.
    The Vinland Sagas The Norse Discovery of America One of the most arresting stories in the history of exploration these two Icelandic sagas tell of the discovery of America by Norsemen five centuries before Christopher Columbus Together the direct

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    1. AcknowledgementsIntroduction NotesFurther ReadingA Note on the Translation The Vinland Sagas The Saga of the Greenlanders Eirik the Red s SagaNotesReference Section MapsFamily TreeChronology of the Vinland Sagas ShipsThe FarmSocial, Political and Legal StructureGlossaryIndexes of Characters and Places

    2. These sagas provide great context for the Norse discovery of America They also offer a glimpse at the character and motivation of some of the chief figures in this age of discovery, especially Erik the Red and Leif Erikson The sagas also reveal importance of the colonization of Iceland and how this colonization led to further exploration.

    3. Very interesting sagas, and very easy to read despite the style being rather dry, the passages too brief and devoid of details when describing anything This Penguin Classics edition comprises two sagas, the Groenlandinga Saga and the Saga of Erik the Red, the first dealing with the discovery and early settlement of Greenland and the second with the immediately following accidental discovery of Vinland actual North America , both by intrepid Norwegian vikings sailing out of their most recent colo [...]

    4. I read this in a slim little Penguin Classics edition which brings together The Saga of the Greenlanders and Eirik the Red s Saga both together are about 50 pages long , together with some good introductory material and lots of informative appendices Because it s so well contextualised, I think this would be a very good edition to use in an undergrad classroom the maps in particular are really excellent, though some of the introductory material is perhaps slightly out of date not as certain as t [...]

    5. This book is all about The Vinland Sagas, which follow the first Vikings to reach North America from Greenland and Iceland I classed it as non fiction because much of the book is discussing Viking culture at the time and giving context, such as maps, about the sagas Although I find the Vikings fascinating, I ve never read many books about them, so this was a brilliant Christmas present to receive.

    6. Viking adventures across the Atlantic Ocean27 September 2010 I have long heard the rumours that the Vikings had discovered North America long before Christopher Columbus sailed across the Atlantic but I had always assumed that it was little than a single expedition of which nothing came about However, this little book, which contains two Viking texts Eirik s Saga and the Graenlendinga Saga says otherwise Both of these texts tell the same story, however there are a few differences in that Eirik [...]

    7. I read these for the early descriptions of North America and its Indigenous people, expecting them to be rather dry, like a lot of historical documents, but the sagas were written as entertainment and they are still an entertaining read, even with the passage of centuries and the problem of translation The descriptions of North America turned out to be scant and opaque it s mostly a setting for stories about Norse men and women The description of the trip across the North Atlantic is very brief [...]

    8. I m being generous here, giving this 3 stars This Penquin Classic only reads for around 100 pages The first 50ish contains Magnus Magnusson s Introduction, and that was the best part of the book Magnus writes of the two Vinland Saga s, their dates, their origins and the contemporary histories of Norway, Iceland, Greenland and the British Isles He also includes the archaeological discoveries that back up the saga stories.So 985, as Forkbeard was cuninge in Denmark, the year perhaps Cnut was born, [...]

    9. The Vikings were the first Europeans in the New World It did not end well, and there are even two different versions of how it failed There is some light flashing of the Native Americans by the only Viking lady there in order to scare them away It s the right level of Icelandic crazy with a dash of swashbuckling and being totally out of their depth in a strange new land.

    10. The Greenland Saga is a fun, straightforward read about colonization of Greenland and several trips to Vinland The Saga of Eirik the Red is a bit muddied, conflating the stories of the earlier expeditions and sort of hinting at the mixed feelings people might have had at the recent conversion to Christianity the saga is clearly pro Christianity, but the old ways are useful and reminisced over To make up for it, though, it has a bit of an adventurous attitude, like this skirmish with the skrael [...]

    11. The two sagas in question are very short, and the introductory matter is probably no longer up to date the translation is 40 50 years old That said, since Magnus Magnusson did the translation, I was willing to give it a whirl The Graenland Saga the early and shorter one was totally loony fun I think its freewheeling anything goes mentality was a benefit, not in the eyes of the introduction a hindrance The later saga Eirik s Saga was much less entertaining It was longer, structured, restrained, [...]

    12. These are particularly short sagas, in fact of the book is dedicated to the introduction and notes than the sagas themselves They both cover the same ground, that being the settlement of Greenland and the discovery of Vinland North America I find it fascinating to cover that these stories are over 1000 years old, originally from the oral traditional and then written down in medieval Iceland These are the history of a people, but also of individuals as well as the big stuff, there s petty arguem [...]

    13. Ohhhh, get me reading Icelandic sagas from one thousand years ago One Thousand Years Ago.Actually this a brilliantly easy reading saga beyond the fact THE Magnus I ve started so I ve finished Magnusson, translated it Strangely enough, when you read the blurb you think this is going to be some middle English drag a thon, struggle than fun read, admittedly one that features Vikings However once you get beyond the introduction which is longer than both sagas combined , essentially what you ve got [...]

    14. This is a pair of fascinating accounts of the Viking voyages to North America some 400 odd years before Columbus voyages Interesting in their own right, they are helped with an excellent introduction by translators Magnus Mangusson Comprising about 1 3 of this slim volume, it puts the voyages into a broad context which adds greatly to the experience It gives a brief account of the settlement of Iceland and the beginnings of the doomed Norse outposts on Greenland.While the translations move the g [...]

    15. An amazing insight into how people lived 1000 years ago Whilst sometimes the structure of the stories can be a bit clunky, I found these two sagas a riveting read Given that most of the old Norse sagas are written accounts of stories that were orally passed down through the generations, it is a testimony to Icelandic culture that such stories are remembered with any detail at all According to my history buff friends this is the easiest to read of all of the sagas.With an interesting introduction [...]

    16. I learned a lot from this book and I found it semi entertaining too The introduction is very very overwritten and I would personally just skip it, or read it after the story like most But it doesn t really ruin much of the stories contained fortunately Introduction was well written though.The sagas are okay, but the most fun parts are speculating for yourself what certain things in them mean, and having your own conclusions on this under read story of history Though there is enough strange happe [...]

    17. kickass stories of the norse settlement of north america circa 1000 the best thing about these sagas they don t have quite the poetry of, say, Egil s is their blending of historical fact with myth the norse landing in newfoundland around this time is archaeologically supported, but plenty of magic and violence and weirdness crept into the account by the time it was set down in the Vinland Sagas 200 years or so after the fact i imagine without really knowing that this is the earliest known incide [...]

    18. I did this one in two days, once I got beyond the introduction A quick, easy read that is an absolutely fascinating account of the first interaction between Europeans the Norse and Canada s first nations, likely Mi Kmaq Some neat examples of Norse verse, including kennings Well worth the read.

    19. The Vinland Sagas tell the story of a fascinating time in the history of exploration Like all great stories there s action, adventure and of course, romance As stated in the text The Vinland Sagas contain the oldest descriptions of the North American continent and tell the story of several voyages undertaken by people from Iceland and Greenland to North America around the year 1000 the first documented voyages across the Atlantic in which the peoples of Europe and America met for the first time [...]

    20. The introduction was MUCH longer than necessary The important bits could have been done in 3 5 pages.ead the intro was stretched to 43 pages.The Graenlendinga Saga was by far the interesting of the two sagas It had much about the explorations in it Also the section on Freydis was awesome That chick was all kinds of crafty crazy Eirik s Saga was of a historical recount of the various families genealogy rather than the expeditions There was a cool bit about the burial traditions back then It ha [...]

    21. The Vinland Sagas was on my reading list for a while This book includes the two sagas about Eirik the Red and Leif Erikson and a long introduction with a in depth explanation about the two sagas The saga from Eirik the Red was mainly about the settlement in Greenland, while Leif explored bigger parts of North America I think the stories will give you a good view of how live would be on Greenland and how the exploration of North America went, with all troubles they encountered It is a bit clunky [...]

    22. A completely new edition from Penguin Classics, featuring a new translation by Keneva Kurtz, and a completely new introduction, reference notes, and appendices by G sli Sigurdsson The translation is a bit colloquial than the previous one by Magnusson and Paulsson, but the differences are minor The scholarly apparatus, however, is much extensive than that in the previous edition Professor Sigurdsson makes fine use of the archaeological work done at L Anse aux Meadow in Newfoundland and the late [...]

    23. After studying the Vikings and wider Norse world, I highly recommend these two sagas as works that hint to Norse life in the North Atlantic as well as giving an idea of how stories were passed down through Norse culture

    24. I was drawn to this book for two main reasons 1 because I have a triple dose of Scandinavian blood Swedish, Norwegian, Danish and 2 because I love ancient and medieval history I was not disappointed The language is not necessarily incredibly beautiful or well phrased, and it is, of course, a translation I can t speak any of those languages, and certainly not Old Icelandic However, certain passages struck me as being particularly Minnesotan and perhaps because Minnesotans are, by and large, so ve [...]

    25. I read some Norse sagas in college and do enjoy the quasi historical, quasi fictitious nature of the genre One thing about it, though sagas do not work well as a quick or fragmented read It takes a lot of time and investment in this literature first to get all the names straight and also to unravel the history from the fiction For some sagas many versions or fragments thereof abound, written at different times by people with different motives But it s fun now and then to dive into this sort of t [...]

    26. I ve only just started reading the introduction, but already I feel this should be required reading for elementary or middle school history classes It would be great to have it tied to an English or social studies class on the Norse myths Update Having finished reading the introduction and both sagas, I feel even strongly that this work needs to be far better known Our children are still taught, by and large, that Columbus discovered America Even discounting the fact that this continent was alr [...]

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