Saturday, October 09, 2004

Scandinavian Literature, The heroic sagas

The fantastic element was further developed in the fornaldar s�gur, literally �the sagas of antiquity,� whose heroes were supposed to have lived in Scandinavia and Germany before Iceland was settled. The best known, the V�lsunga saga (c. 1270), retold in prose stories from heroic lays of Sigurd, the Burgundians, and J�rmunrekr, and the Hr�lfs saga kraka (c. 1280 - 1350) incorporated ancient

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