Everything you need to understand or teach Laxdaela Saga.
The Laxdaela Saga is one of the most famous Icelandic Sagas of the Middle Ages. The work is an early piece of romantic writing, with a passionate lovers' quarrel lying deep at its center, something unusual for the literature preceding it. The saga ranges over a two-hundred year period, between about 870 and 1073 A.D. in medieval Iceland and (to a much lesser extent) Norway. It follows two family lineages throughout this time, both descending from an early Norwegian chieftain named Ketil Flat-Nose, who emigrates from Norway in 890 A.D. Through his daughter, Unn the Deep-Minded and his son Bjorn the Easterner, nearly all of the major characters are sired.
Around eighty years into the saga, the three main characters are born, Kjartan Olafsson, Bolli Thorleiksson, and Gudrun Osvifur's-daughter. Kjartan is the brilliant and talented illegitimate son of Olaf the Peacock and his concubine Melkorka, the daughter of a...
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