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THE BOOK OF THE SAGAS

THE BOOK OF THE SAGAS

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Tales of Nordic Mythology
Tales of Nordic Mythology

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Published by: Sammi Jean on Dec 13, 2008
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TTHHEEBBOOOOKKOOFF TTHHEESSAAGGAASS 
by
Alice S. Hoffman
Illustrated by
Gordon Browne
London1913
 
CONTENTS
 
Foreword ……………………………………………. 9The Story of Odin and the Gods…………………….. 13The Story of the Adventures of Thor ………………. 28The Story of Baldur ………………………………..... 46The Story of Frey and Gerda ……………………….. 56The Story of the Goddess Iduna …………………….. 62Of the Punishment That Fell On Loki ………………. 67The Story of Harald Hairfair ………………………... 72The Story of King Olaf Tryggvison ………………... 84The Story of Harald the Hardredy ………………….. 140The Song of the Mill ………………………………... 169The Story of Volund …………………………………. 173Stories of Iceland Folk ………………………………. 185The Story of the Volsungs…………………………215
 
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FOREWORD
Look at the map of Europe. In the north-west you will see the islandof Iceland. The great oceans are wide around it on every side; its northerncoast is just touching the Arctic circle. How far off and apart from all theworld it seems! How out of touch with the enterprise, the commerce, thestrife, with all the activities that make up our ideas of a living national life!To most people the Iceland of to-day is little more than a name, andthe Iceland of the past is entirely unknown. Yet the little island in the farnorth has a special claim upon all Northern peoples, for she has preserved aLiterature which is the record of a race whose blood runs in their own veins,and which was written in the language that was in the days long pastcommon to all of them. In the course of years this one language developedinto many languages, through the influence of different conquering races inthe different lands; but the little island still kept the old language untouchedby foreign invaders, for the rigours of her climate and the wide seas aroundher made her unattractive and dangerous, and thus protected her. And notonly was she able to preserve the old language, but also the character andtraditions of her people. And language, character, and traditions wereenshrined in a Literature which in beauty and in human interest is as rich asany of the classic literatures of the world.Let us see how this Literature arose. It was not until the end of theninth century that Iceland became the home of a settled population. Beforethen it was probably uninhabited,

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