Brennu-Njals Saga is the longest and most celebrated of the Icelandic Sagas. Though its events are set in the tenth and early eleventh centuries, the Saga. Njal’s Saga has ratings and reviews. Jeffrey said: ”Gunnar got ready to ride to the Thing, and before he left he spoke to Hallgerd: ‘Behave you. 1. kafli. Mörður hét maður er kallaður var gígja. Hann var sonur Sighvats hins rauða. Hann bjó á Velli á Rangárvöllum. Hann var ríkur höfðingi og.

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Brennu-Njáls saga

So Glum himself told her all about the bargain, and left nothing out, and then he asked Hauskuld and Hrut whether he had repeated it right. Asgrim was at home, and gave them a hearty welcome; and they were there that night. Thiostolf cut at him at once with his axe, and smote him on the shoulder, and the stroke hewed asunder the shoulderbone and collarbone, and the wound bled inwards.

But meantime Soti and his crew had sailed past them, and he held on his course back to Norway, and made the land at Limgard’s side. Thrain loved her little.

A little after he stood up, and bade his men go with him: Glum went up to her and said. But when the spring came there was a scarcity in grennu house, both of meal and stock fish, so Hallgerda went up to Thorwald and said. Gunnar spoke little about it, but yet said more unlikely things might happen; and about spring he went over to Bergthorsknoll to find out from Njal whether he thought it a wise step in him to go abroad.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. He took the axe, and was very wroth, and takes a horse that Gunnar owned, and rides now till he comes east of Markfleet. An amazing, tragic family drama and one of the greatest works I read in college.


When Glum told this to Hallgerda, she said, “Thorarin has indeed a brennuu to expect this from us”.

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He did so, and Gunnar went out at once and gave Njal a hearty welcome. He answered – “He is a fine brave fellow, and he will be sure to get us some more strength for our voyage”. After that Gunnar went away from the court with all his followers. They threw over him brenni and stones; and Thrain said – “We have won an ill work, and Njal’s sons will take this slaying ill when they hear of it”.

He bade his father settle the matter. This may sound like an outline for a history lesson, but it is quite refreshing to encounter demanding women who curse their lovers or call for revenge in a medieval text, and it is marvelously entertaining to watch what tricks the hrennu will come up with next to skirt the law.

He was the best shot with the bow of all men, and never missed his mark. Grim was the name of another of Asgrim’s sons, and Thorhalla was his daughter’s name. After that he went away.

Gunnar said – “Now all men here present be ear-witnesses, that I challenge thee Hrut to single combat, and we shall fight to-day on the holm, which is here in Axewater. At last your talk will come to Rangrivervale, and then thou must say, there is small choice of men left in those parts since Fiddle Mord died. Both the innocent and the guilty are surrounded.

Hauskuld will tell them all not to meddle nor make with Huckster Hedinn, saying he is a rude unfriendly fellow. He was a very wise man, and lived at Varmalek, and he and Glum kept house together.

Besides, he is a great friend of thine. Predictably, because Hallgerd is Hallgerd, she and njlls new husband fight all the time, and once he slaps her for being disobedient. Hrut and Auzur went east to the King’s Crag, and when they saaga the town, their kinsmen and friends went out to meet and welcome them.


He made the land east brehnu Hornfirth. He had set his heart on Gudfinna Thorolf’s daughter, Njal’s kinswoman; she was housekeeper at home there, and was then with child.

The Story of Burnt Njal

Hallgerd was famous to scholars of the sagas because she was such a diabolical character. It is primarily a prose narrative, but there are some passages of verse. After that ride away, and ride over Laxriverdale Heath, and so on over Holtbeacon Heath; for they will look for thee by way of Hrutfirth.

Gunnar was clad in the scarlet clothes which King Harold Gorm’s son had given him; he had also the gold jjls on his arm which Earl Hacon had given him.

This feud is brenn initial crux of the saga. Pages with related products.

Njal’s Saga

But I found it be a challenge to get through. Then Hrut said to his wife. Hrut gave over everything into her hands inside the house, and all were pleased at that; but for all that she and Hrut did not pull well together as man and wife, and so things went on till spring, and when spring came Hrut had a journey to make to the Westfirths, to get in the money for which he had sold his wares; but before he set off his wife says to him.

I am grateful for this English translation of Njal’s Saga, which makes this epic story accessible to so many. Iceland converts to Christianity in the course of this yarn but the social mores, government and literary culture are behind where the Mediterranean countries were in BC. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. In the summer she gave birth to a girl.

His brother Hauskuld rode among the rest. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers.