Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Seven Viking Romances by Hermann Pálsson

Combining traditional myth, oral history and re-worked European legend to depict an ancient realm of heroism and wonder, the seven tales collected here are among the most fantastical of all the Norse romances. Powerfully inspired works of Icelandic imagination, they relate intriguing, often comical tales of famous kings, difficult gods and women of great beauty, goodness or cunning.
The tales plunder a wide range of earlier literature from Homer to the French romances - as in the tale of the wandering hero Arrow-Odd, which combines several older legends, or Egil and Asmund, where the story of Odysseus and the Cyclops is skilfully adapted into a traditional Norse legend.
These are among the most outrageous, delightful and exhilarating tales in all Icelandic literature.
From Goodreads.

This was extremely boring. I like stories about Vikings and Norse mythology but not this book. I think my biggest problem was the names, not the understanding of the names, but the huge number of names. Every time a new character was named we also got the names of all his present family and his forefathers.

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