Graenlendinga saga

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Magnus Magnusson, Hermann Palsson
Penguin Books Limited, 1965 - Fiction - 123 pages
15 Reviews
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 Graenlendinga Saga and the more 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.

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Review: The Vinland Sagas: The Norse Discovery of America

User Review  - Xavier - Goodreads

I know a lot of people will disagree with me on this, but I found the prose to be quick and lively, as one would expect of an oral history. This is especially true in the first, more sober account. I ... Read full review

Review: The Vinland Sagas: The Norse Discovery of America

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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 ... Read full review

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Magnus Magnusson is an Icelander who has been resident in Scotland for most of his life, and is well-known for his presentation of the BBC's Mastermind. He is also chairman of the Scottish National Heritage. He studied English and Old Icelandic at Oxford University. Hermann Palsson studied Icelandic at the University of Iceland and Celtic at University College, Dublin. Formerly Professor of Icelandic at the University of Edinburgh and General Editor of the New Saga Library, he has written many books on the history and literature of medieval Iceland. He died in 2003.Magnus Magnusson is an Icelander who has been resident in Scotland for most of his life, and is well-known for his presentation of the BBC's Mastermind. He is also chairman of the Scottish National Heritage. He studied English and Old Icelandic at Oxford University. Hermann Palsson studied Icelandic at the University of Iceland and Celtic at University College, Dublin. Formerly Professor of Icelandic at the University of Edinburgh and General Editor of the New Saga Library, he has written many books on the history and literature of medieval Iceland. He died in 2003.

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