The Laxdaela Saga addresses the eternal triangle of love between Kjartan Ólafsson, Bolli Thorleiksson and Gudrún Ósvífursdóttir. Kjartan and his foster brother. This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, It may be copyrighted outside the U.S. The Laxdaela Saga, a story of the men and women of the Salmon River valley, is an Icelandic family saga believed to have been composed in the middle of the.

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Osk was the name of the fourth daughter of Thorstein the Red. This was a great weapon and good, with a hilt of walrus tooth, with no silver on it; the brand was sharp, and no rust would stay thereon.

Laxdaela Saga Summary & Study Guide

Olaf Hoskuldson then went to the court of King Harald. Now, surely he cannot have made up his mind to try his strength with you till he knew that he might hope for some backing-up from the more powerful among men; for, indeed, I am laxdaeka that messages have been passing in quiet between Hrut and Thord Yeller.

At the bottom of the article, feel free to list any sources that support your changes, so that we can fully understand their context. Lewis nominated Tolkein for a nobel lit prize.

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Thorstein steered, and had the braces of the sail round his shoulders, because the boat was blocked up with goods, chiefly piled-up chests, and the cargo was heaped up very high; but land was near about, while on the boat sagx was but little way, because of the raging current against them. I think I’d have preferred a translation that aimed for clarity and good modern storytelling. Olaf took out of the undivided estate thirty hundred ells’ worth of wares, and should pay no money for them.


The story contains various subplots and a rich insight into the Icelandic family structure. Egil greeted them well, for he and Hoskuld knew each other very well by word of mouth. Olaf became a mighty man and a great chieftain.

Laxdæla saga

In my book, the scene in which Gudrun confesses that she was worst to the one she loved most ranks amongst the most powerful in all literature. They greeted her warmly, and gave her the choice of whatever she liked to take at their hands.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Above all I look to this, that then Hoskuld will like two things mightily ill when hecomes to hear of them, namely, that you have gone out of the land, and that I am married.

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And now the honour of Olaf greatly increased, there being many causes to bring it about: Browse all BookRags Study Guides. And on hearing this he becomes exceeding faint-hearted, and rides forthwith to see Hoskuld to tell him of his troubles. More summaries and resources for teaching or studying Sata Saga. This counsel then was settled, lsxdaela they should leave the country, for the sons of Ketill urged it much, and no one spoke against it.

When the boy was two years old he had got full speech, and ran about like children of four years old. Laxcaela red shield he had before him, on which was drawn a lion in gold. Shall we laxdaeal the river or not? She was the mother of Thorstein Swart, the Wise, who found the “Summer eeke.


Olaf, Hoskuld’s son, was now grown up, and was the handsomest of all men that people ever set eyes on.

But the most interesting point is its telling of the first introduction of Christianity in Iceland, which took place during the kaxdaela of king Olaf I of Norway. He saw a woman sitting on the dais in the booth, she was goodly and had the looks of one of high degree, and very well dressed.

Definitely one of my favourite sagas. There is also a theme of gifts in this saga. All you chieftains, for most of the mightier men are such, as were bound by alliances to him, I let it be known that no one of the greater men shall go away giftless. Their daughter was Jorunn: Hoskuld became a great chieftain; he was mighty and pushing, and had no lack of money, and was thought to be nowise less of his ways than his father, Koll. Hoskuld now broaches the wooing on behalf of Olaf, and asks for the hand of Thorgerd.

Gunnhild paid great heed to Olaf when sheknew he was Hrut’s brother’s son; but some men would have it, that she took pleasure in talking to Olaf without his needing other people’s aid to introduce him.