Best Norse & Icelandic Sagas Books
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1. The Odyssey
Author: by Homer
Published at: Penguin Classics; Reprint edition (November 29, 1999)
The great epic of Western literature, translated by the acclaimed classicist Robert FaglesA Penguin Classic Robert Fagles, winner of the PEN/Ralph Manheim Medal for Translation and a 1996 Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, presents us with Homer’s best-loved and most accessible poem in a stunning modern-verse translation.
“Sing to me of the man, Muse, the man of twists and turns driven time and again off course, once he had plundered the hallowed heights of Troy.” So begins Robert Fagles’ magnificent translation of the Odyssey, which Jasper Griffin in the New York Times Book Review hails as “a distinguished achievement.” If the Iliad is the world’s greatest war epic, the Odyssey is literature’s grandest evocation of an everyman’s journey through life.
Odysseus’ reliance on his wit and wiliness for survival in his encounters with divine and natural forces during his ten-year voyage home to Ithaca after the Trojan War is at once a timeless human story and an individual test of moral endurance.
2. The Poetic Edda: Stories of the Norse Gods and Heroes (Hackett Classics)
Author: by Jackson Crawford
Published at: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc. (March 5, 2015)
“The poems of the Poetic Edda have waited a long time for a Modern English translation that would do them justice. Here it is at last (Odin be praised! And well worth the wait. These amazing texts from a 13th-century Icelandic manuscript are of huge historical, mythological and literary importance, containing the lion’s share of information that survives today about the gods and heroes of pre-Christian Scandinavians, their unique vision of the beginning and end of the world, etc.
Jackson Crawford’s modern versions of these poems are authoritative and fluent and often very gripping. With their individual headnotes and complementary general introduction, they supply today’s readers with most of what they need to know in order to understand and appreciate the beliefs, motivations, and values of the Vikings.” -Dick Ringler, Professor Emeritus of English and Scandinavian Studies at the University of WisconsinMadison
3. The Wanderer's Havamal
Author: by Jackson Crawford
Published at: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc. (November 20, 2019)
The Wanderer’s Hvaml features Jackson Crawford’s complete, carefully revised English translation of the Old Norse poem Hvaml, newly annotated for this volume, together with facing original Old Norse text sourced directly from the Codex Regius manuscript. Rounding out the volume are Crawford’s classic Cowboy Hvaml and translations of other related texts central to understanding the character, wisdom, and mysteries of inn (Odin).
Portable and reader-friendly, it makes an ideal companion for both lovers of Old Norse mythology and those new to the wisdom of this central Eddic poem wherever they may find themselves.
4. Beowulf: A New Verse Translation (Bilingual Edition)
Author: by Seamus Heaney
Published at: W. W. Norton & Company; 1st edition (February 17, 2001)
New York Times bestseller and winner of the Costa Book Award. Composed toward the end of the first millennium, Beowulf is the elegiac narrative of the adventures of Beowulf, a Scandinavian hero who saves the Danes from the seemingly invincible monster Grendel and, later, from Grendel’s mother.
He then returns to his own country and dies in old age in a vivid fight against a dragon. The poem is about encountering the monstrous, defeating it, and then having to live on in the exhausted aftermath. In the contours of this story, at once remote and uncannily familiar at the beginning of the twenty-first century, Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney finds a resonance that summons power to the poetry from deep beneath its surface.
Drawn to what he has called the “four-squareness of the utterance” in Beowulf and its immense emotional credibility, Heaney gives these epic qualities new and convincing reality for the contemporary reader.
5. The Prose Edda: Norse Mythology (Penguin Classics)
Author: by Snorri Sturluson
Published at: Penguin Classics; Illustrated edition (January 31, 2006)
Written in Iceland a century after the close of the Viking Age, The Prose Edda is the source of most of what we know of Norse mythology. Its tales are peopled by giants, dwarves, and elves, superhuman heroes and indomitable warrior queens.
Its gods live with the tragic knowledge of their own impending destruction in the cataclysmic battle of Ragnarok. Its time scale spans the eons from the world’s creation to its violent end. This robust new translation captures the magisterial sweep and startling psychological complexity of the Old Icelandic original.
For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
6. The Saga of the Volsungs: With the Saga of Ragnar Lothbrok (Hackett Classics)
Author: by Jackson Crawford
Published at: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc. (July 31, 2017)
From the translator of the bestselling Poetic Edda (Hackett, 2015) comes a gripping new rendering of two of the greatest sagas of Old Norse literature. Together the two sagas recount the story of seven generations of a single legendary heroic family and comprise our best source of traditional lore about its membersincluding, among others, the dragon-slayer Sigurd, Brynhild the Valkyrie, and the Viking chieftain Ragnar Lothbrok.
7. Dear Midnight
Author: by Zack Grey
Published at: Independently published (February 2, 2019)
Dear Midnight is a poetic love letter to the darkest moments. A hello to the moon. A break from the idea that love can only be found in the daylight. We are ageneration ofalmost lovers,gazing with gleaming eyesat the moon,knowing she empathizeswith our same heartsalways missing each otherby nothing morethan those few minutesthat separate darkness from daylight.
8. Beowulf: A New Translation
Author: by Maria Dahvana Headley
Published at: FSG; Translation edition (August 25, 2020)
Picked for Kirkus Reviews’ Best Fiction in Translation of 2020. Named a Book of the Year by NPR, Vox, and The New Statesman. Picked for Loyalty Books’ Holiday List. A new, feminist translation of Beowulf by the author of the much-buzzed-about novel The Mere Wife”Brash and belligerent, lunatic and envigorating, with passages of sublime poetry punctuated by obscenities and social-media shorthand.” Ruth Franklin, The New Yorker”The author of the crazy-cool Beowulf-inspired novel The Mere Wife tackles the Old English epic poem with a fierce new feminist translation that radically recontextualizes the tale.” Barbara VanDenburgh, USA TodayNearly twenty years after Seamus Heaney’s translation of Beowulfand fifty years after the translation that continues to torment high-school students around the worldthere is a radical new verse translation of the epic poem by Maria Dahvana Headley, which brings to light elements that have never before been translated into English, recontextualizing the binary narrative of monsters and heroes into a tale in which the two categories often entwine, justice is rarely served, and dragons live among us.
9. Viking Language 1 Learn Old Norse, Runes, and Icelandic Sagas (Viking Language Series)
Author: by Jesse L. Byock
Published at: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2nd edition (January 1, 2017)
Viking Language 1 – Learn Old Norse, Runes, and Icelandic Sagas 2nd upgraded edition. Everything necessary to learn or teach Old Norse, runes, and sagas. Graded lessons, saga readings, runic inscriptions, grammar exercises, pronunciation, maps, history sections, student grammar guide, and vocabulary teach Old Norse, Vikings, Iceland, old Scandinavia, myth and legends.
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10. The Sagas of Icelanders: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)
Author: by Robert Kellogg
Published at: Penguin Classics; 59821st edition (March 1, 2001)
A unique body of medieval literature, the Sagas rank with the world’s greatest literary treasures-as epic as Homer, as deep in tragedy as Sophocles, as engagingly human as Shakespeare. Set around the turn of the last millennium, these stories depict with an astonishingly modern realism the lives and deeds of the Norse men and women who first settled Iceland and of their descendants, who ventured further west-to Greenland and, ultimately, the coast of North America itself.
The ten Sagas and seven shorter tales in this volume include the celebrated “Vinland Sagas,” which recount Leif Eiriksson’s pioneering voyage to the New World and contain the oldest descriptions of the North American continent. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world.
With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
11. The Poetic Edda (Oxford World's Classics)
Author: by Carolyne Larrington
Published at: Oxford University Press; Second edition (September 1, 2014)
The Poetic Edda is a collection of Old Norse poems originally preserved in the Codex Regius. One of our primary sources on Norse mythology and Germanic legends, the Poetic Edda has had a powerful and profound influence on Scandinavian and Western literature in general.
Writers such as Vilhelm Ekelund, August Strindberg, and J.R.R. Tolkien have acknowledged their debt to the Poetic Edda. The visionary power of these poems offers up an incredible vision of the world and the universe. Explore these ancient stories now with this new edition.
Illustrated by Arthur Rackham
13. The Poetic Edda
Author: by Lee M. Hollander
Published at: University of Texas Press; 2nd ed. edition (January 1, 1962)
The Poetic Edda comprises a treasure trove of mythic and spiritual verse holding an important place in Nordic culture, literature, and heritage. Its tales of strife and death form a repository, in poetic form, of Norse mythology and heroic lore, embodying both the ethical views and the cultural life of the North during the late heathen and early Christian times.
Collected by an unidentified Icelander, probably during the twelfth or thirteenth century, The Poetic Edda was rediscovered in Iceland in the seventeenth century by Danish scholars. Even then its value as poetry, as a source of historical information, and as a collection of entertaining stories was recognized.
This meticulous translation succeeds in reproducing the verse patterns, the rhythm, the mood, and the dignity of the original in a revision that Scandinavian Studies says “may well grace anyone’s bookshelf.”
14. Beowulf: A Translation and Commentary
Author: by Christopher Tolkien
Published at: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; First Edition (May 22, 2014)
The translation of Beowulf by J.R.R. Tolkien was an early work, very distinctive in its mode, completed in 1926: he returned to it later to make hasty corrections, but seems never to have considered its publication. This edition is twofold, for there exists an illuminating commentary on the text of the poem by the translator himself, in the written form of a series of lectures given at Oxford in the 1930s; and from these lectures a substantial selection has been made, to form also a commentary on the translation in this book.
From his creative attention to detail in these lectures there arises a sense of the immediacy and clarity of his vision. It is as if he entered into the imagined past: standing beside Beowulf and his men shaking out their mail-shirts as they beached their ship on the coast of Denmark, listening to the rising anger of Beowulf at the taunting of Unferth, or looking up in amazement at Grendel’s terrible hand set under the roof of Heorot.
But the commentary in this book includes also much from those lectures in which, while always anchored in the text, he expressed his wider perceptions. He looks closely at the dragon that would slay Beowulf “snuffling in baffled rage and injured greed when he discovers the theft of the cup”; but he rebuts the notion that this is “a mere treasure story”, “just another dragon tale”. He turns to the lines that tell of the burying of the golden things long ago, and observes that it is “the feeling for the treasure itself, this sad history” that raises it to another level.
15. Norse Mythology: Learn about Viking History, Myths, Norse Gods, and Legends
Author: by Amy Hughes
Published at: Independently published (February 5, 2020)
Step into the Fantastical Realm of Norse Gods, Heroes, and Mighty Vikings! Are you fascinated with the legends of Norse Gods, and want to find out more? Are you a student looking for a comprehensive guide on Norse Mythology and history?
Do you want to find out the real, fascinating history of the Vikings? If so, keep reading and dive deep into this captivating guide on Norse Mythology! This book is written to academic standards, but in a simple, easy-to-read style that will appeal to everyone!
Paying attention to every detail, Amy Hughes collected many stories, myths, legends and tales of the pagan Scandinavian rituals, gods and heroes. Written in such a descriptive way, the stories will transfer you to a time long gone and you’ll feel as if you’re been a witness to the Viking’s incredible history!
But this book does not only present the mythological, abstract world of Scandinavian beliefs and religion. Aside from a thorough presentation of the Viking’s pantheon, this book delves into the real history of the fascinating northern European culture. Here’s what you’ll discover inside: A guide on the Vikings origins, including their language, calendar, society structure, and military conquestsHistoric tales of the Viking’s customs, art, and shipbuilding craftA guide on the Norse Creation Myths A presentation of the Norse PantheonA detailed description of many Norse gods and heroesAnd much, much more!
16. Island Zombie: Iceland Writings
Author: by Roni Horn
Published at: Princeton University Press (December 1, 2020)
An evocative chronicle of the power of solitude in the natural worldI’m often asked, but have no idea why I chose Iceland, why I first started going, why I still go. In truth I believe Iceland chose me. From the introductionContemporary artist Roni Horn first visited Iceland in 1975 at the age of nineteen, and since then, the island’s treeless expanse has had an enduring hold on Horn’s creative work.
Through a series of remarkable and poetic reflections, vignettes, episodes, and illustrated essays, Island Zombie distills the artist’s lifelong experience of Iceland’s natural environment. Together, these pieces offer an unforgettable exploration of the indefinable and inescapable force of remote, elemental places, and provide a sustained look at how an island and its atmosphere can take possession of the innermost self.
Island Zombie is a meditation on being present. It vividly conveys Horn’s experiences, from the deeply profound to the joyful and absurd. Through powerful evocations of the changing weather and other natural phenomenathe violence of the wind, the often aggressive birds, the imposing influence of glaciers, and the ubiquitous presence of water in all its varietywe come to understand the author’s abiding need for Iceland, a place uniquely essential to Horn’s creative and spiritual life.