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Vikings Icelandic Sagas

The Vikings Icelandic Sagas have played a big role in world literature. It is established that anonymous authors wrote most of the entries in the sagas between 13th and 14th century. It has 40 narratives, all of which describe the life stories of either famous Vikings or the entire Viking community as a whole.
The narratives are about the Vikings and their way of life starting from the year 1000. Such was the time when the Vikings stopped being pagans and embraced Christianity. However, the stories were not written down as they happened. Instead, stories were handed down verbally through many centuries before being finally set down in writing.

Some of the narratives contained in the sagas can pass off as history, while others prove to be rather fantastic. Some of them stating that the women warriors are the source of Iceland's strength, others are even humorous. But for all they’re worth, these sagas, even if they were not written by the Vikings themselves, project both a specify time in history and the native's creativity.

Throughout history, the Vikings were referred to as barbaric people, raiding peaceful kingdoms. But the Icelandic sagas portray them in an entirely different light. In the narratives, the Vikings are regarded as heroic people, full of honour and glory. The narratives mainly contain themes of bravery and strength.

Some stories involve regular people, although the main characters are usually the kings and noblemen belonging to the higher class. Generally, the sagas narrate how Iceland had settled and how it was during the 11th century.

These sagas have always been highly treasured by Icelanders. And as for the whole world, its popularity has never really diminished. Many references have been made to these narratives over time. In depth studies of the literature would surely touch upon these sagas and its significance in the world, as we know it today.

Original Authors: Jennifer Tumanda
Edit Update Authors: RPN
Updated On: 16/01/2007



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