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Icelandic Saga-Grettir the Strong

Icelandic Saga-Grettir the Strong

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The Saga of Grettir the Strong 
is a publication of the Pennsylvania State University. This Portable Docu-ment file is furnished free and without any charge of any kind.
 Any person using this document file, forany purpose, and in any way does so at his or her own risk.
Neither the Pennsylvania State University nor Jim Manis, Faculty Editor, nor anyone associated with the Pennsylvania State University assumes any responsibility for the material contained within the document or for the file as an electronic transmis-sion, in any way.
The Saga of Grettir the Strong 
, the Pennsylvania State University, Jim Manis, Faculty Editor, Hazleton, PA 18201-1291 is a Portable Document File produced as part of an ongoing student publication project to bringclassical works of literature, in English, to free and easy access of those wishing to make use of them, and assuch is a part of the Pennsylvania State University’s Electronic Classics Series.Cover design: Jim ManisCopyright © 1998 The Pennsylvania State University 
The Pennsylvania State University is an equal opportunity University.
 
The Saga of Grettir the Strong
 Author Unknown
Originally written in Icelandic, sometime in the early 14
th
Century. Author unknown.
CHAPTER ITHE FAMILY AND EARLY WARS OFONUND THE SON OF OFEIG
T
HERE
 
 WAS
 
 A 
 
MAN
 
NAMED
O
NUND
, the son of OfeigClumsyfoot, who was the son of Ivar Horsetail. Onund wasthe brother of Gudbjorg, the mother of Gudbrand Knob,the father of Asta, the mother of King Olaf the Saint. Hismother came from the Upplands, while his father’srelations were mostly in Rogaland and Hordland. He wasa great viking and used to harry away in the West over thesea. He was accompanied on these expeditions by one Balki,the son of Blaeing from Sotanes, and by Orm the Wealthy. Another comrade of theirs was named Hallvard. They hadfive ships, all well equipped. They plundered the Hebrides,reaching the Barra Isles, where there ruled a king namedKjarval, who also had five ships. These they attacked; there was a fierce battle between them, in which Onund’s menfought with the utmost bravery. After many had fallen onboth sides, the battle ended with the king taking to flight with a single ship; the rest were captured by Onund’s force,along with much booty. They stayed there for the winter,and spent the succeeding three summers harrying the coastsof Ireland and Scotland, after which they returned toNorway.
CHAPTER IITHE BATTLE OF HAFRSFJORD
 A 
T
 
THAT
 
TIME
N
ORWAY 
 
 WAS
 
 VERY 
 
DISTURBED
. HaraldShockhead, the son of Halfdan the Black, till then king of the Upplands, was aiming at the supreme kingship. He went into the North and fought many battles there, in
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