Strife with the royal house drive the family out of the country, and they settle in Iceland. The brothers Egil and Thorolf Skallagrimsson are born. They have a tenuous tenure in Norway, but Egil is outlawed and they roam Scandinavia and serve the king of England. The saga ends around the year and spans many generations.
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Shelves: sagas , eye-for-an-eye Poets, Viking ones at least, could be genuine bad asses. Egil Skallagrimsson, the subject of this saga, is Exhibit A. At the age of 7 or 6 , while playing a game of Viking ball whatever that is , Egil gets knocked aside by a 12 year old.
Kind of like coming in off the sidelines to make a tackle -- Viking style. A Viking scrum of sorts erupts, with bodies, blood, etc. But Poets, Viking ones at least, could be genuine bad asses. But after things settle down, Mom sees that her son has real potential as a Viking! Actually I jumped ahead a bit. At times this can be hard to follow, as endless Thorfinns, Thorwolfs, Thorwhatevers, come and go. That can be a drag on your reading, but only if you let it.
Murder, revenge, house burnings, heads chopped, eyes ripped out. Jacking things up considerably is the compressed, laconic prose. There is more going on in these brief chapters than sometimes happens in novels.
Personally, I find the sagas to be some of the most demanding -- but also rewarding reading out there. Egil himself is a paradox. Honor is a big deal for Egil, especially when it comes to property disputes. On that Egil often will place himself in great personal danger in order to argue his case before the King who has branded him an outlaw.
You never feel Egil is greedy in these legal wranglings. Egil can also be extremely cruel, killing a host for not being forthcoming with his ale, and later a child of the King. One of my favorites was while!!! Egil was dispatching a big bully.
After he finished the bully off, he sang about how he chopped off his leg. More seriously, as Egil gets older, he loses two sons in a short period of time. I found his poem to mark these losses to be very moving, and timeless in its appeal. I think this poem could have a place in any quality anthology. The general "thrust s " of the story should be apparent.
SAGA DE EGIL SKALLAGRIMSSON
Mubar Skallagrim was a good shipwright, and westwards of Myrar was no lack of driftwood. They received him gratefully, and he remained there for some time. They brought thither a swift twenty-benched long-ship well manned, which they had before used in sea-roving. Many added their good word, saying as was true that the banquet was most splendid, and the farewell escort magnificent, and that the king gained much strength by such men. In the autumn he steered back from the east to Denmark, at the time when the fleet at Eyrar was breaking up. But when they were ready, the king told them their errand: He also sought diligently after those men who had been in the counsels or confidence or in any way helpers of Skallagrim and his folk in the deeds which they wrought before Skallagrim went abroad out of the land. A detailed family tree connecting major and minor characters through blood and marriage can be found here.
SAGA DE EGIL SKALLAGRIMSSON