“Here is the poetry of the North Atlantic … a testimony to the human spirit’s ability not only to endure what fate may send it but to be renewed by the experience.”
In Iceland, the age of the Vikings is also called the Saga Age. A unique body of medieval literature, the Sagas rank with the world’s great literary treasures–as epic as Homer, as deep in tragedy as Sophocles, as engagingly human as Shakespeare. This edition of The Sagas of Icelanders, commemorating the thousandth anniversary of Leif Eiriksson’s historic voyage, is drawn from the first English translation of the entire corpus of the Sagas, together with forty-nine connected tales–a five-volume set published by Leifur Eiriksson Publishing, Iceland. Thirty translators were selected for this monumental project, including leading international scholars from seven countries.
“The Icelandic Sagas might be likened to a sort of literary Stonehenge, a palpable and towering accomplishment that remains forever inexplicable….”
–The Washington Post