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The Íslendingasögur (Sagas of the Icelanders, or the Family Sagas) are a series of prose narratives about events that took place in the so-called ‘Saga Age’, that is the period of the 9th, 10th and early 11th centuries. They tell of the family histories and conflicts that relate to the settlement of Iceland.

Originally oral literature, the sagas were eventually recorded in the 13th and 14th centuries. Most of the sagas were recorded by people who remain anonymous, but many authorities maintain that Egils saga Skalla-Grímssonar was written by Snorri Sturluson.

These are the most popular of the Íslendingasögur:

Egils saga Skalla-Grímssonar   Old Norse  

Gísla saga Súrssonar   Icelandic  

Grettis saga   Icelandic  

Hrafnkels saga freysgoða   Old Norse  

Laxdæla saga   Icelandic  

Brennu-Njáls saga   Icelandic  


N.B. The translations available on line are older versions, now out of copyright. If you wish to read a modern translation, I recommend the versions published by Penguin Books.

You can find a list of the Íslendingasögur here…

If you are interested in the actual locations of events in the Íslendingasögur you might like to look at Icelandic Saga Map project.

Egill Skallagrímsson from a 17th century manuscript Image: Wikimedia Commons

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