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SAGAS

Original List: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sagas_of_Icelanders

THE COMPLETE SAGAS OF ICELANDERS 5 Volumes $299.00 (not affilliated with this site in any way)
Ásatrú Page with translations into modern english of the old sagas and eddas

Sagas in English websites
Icelandic Saga Database
Norse Mythology

Keep in mind, many Sagas were written 100 - 300 years after the event. Some scripts who scribed these had orders to enhance this or that person, while some of these are loosely based on historical events and people that did exist, more of them are not, therefore not historically accurate. Regardless they are our forefathers written stories from oral traditions of story telling. Roy is just starting to get into them.

Here is a small list of ones Roy has compiled with notes from more intelligent and knowledgable persons.
[NOTE: + equals In Roy's home library]

Agrip
is a 12th-century compendium of the Kings' Lives from Harald Fairhair to Sverri
Bandamanna saga
Bárðar saga or Snæfellsáss
Bjarnar saga or Hítdœlakappa
Biorn's Saga
Brennu-Njáls saga - considered by some the greatest of Icelandic prose sagas
Karlamagnús Saga about emperor Charles, where to mention and praise the feats and deeds of Nordic knights in the court of the Emperor [1] chansons de geste, Old French for "songs of heroic deeds", are the epic poetry
Droplaugarsona saga
Egils saga Skalla-Grímssonar - tells of the adventures of Egill Skalla-Grímsson, the warrior-poet and adventurer. King Harald in Norway killed his brother, family fled to Iceland.
'The Story of Egil Skallagrimsson' Being an Icelandic Family History of the Ninth and Tenth Centuries by Rev. W.C. Green, 1893, in English.
THE ELDER EDDAS OF SAEMUND SIGFUSSON http://www.gutenberg.org/files/14726/14726-h/14726-h.htm
Eiríks saga rauða
Eirika Saga Raude- Erik the Red's Saga (Erikur "Raude/Red Thorvaldson/Torvaldsson,
real name was Þorsteinn "rauði" Ólafsson) or Thorfinns Saga Karlsefnis (Thordsrsonar), was written for Icelanders, of whom Karlsefni was one, and so tends to concentrate more on him than on Erik, who had been forced to leave. Hauksbok also covers the story of Karlsefni, as written down by Hauk Erlandsson sometime before 1344 who claimed he had improved on the earlier versions.
Saga of Erik the Red at Icelandic Saga Database
Eyrbyggja saga
Færeyinga saga
Fcereyinga tells the tale of the conversion of the Fa revs or Faroes
Finnboga saga ramma
Flateyjarbok includes Greenlandings Saga - the Greenlanders’ saga, which deals mostly with the activities of Erik the Red's family.
Fostbrcedra Saga
Fljótsdæla saga
Flóamanna saga
Fóstbrœðra saga (two versions)
Frithiof saga + (ref. Page 142 The Vikings, Lord of the Seas) Written about 1820 by Swedish Poet. Love affair between Frithiof, son of a Viking, and Ingeborg, a king's daughter. Read PDF.
Gísla saga Súrssonar, (two versions) of an outlaw poet. (Gislasaga)
Gold-Thori
Grettis saga
Greatest Saga
Grœnlendinga saga?
Gull-Þóris saga
Gunnars saga Keldugnúpsfífls
Gunnlaugs Saga Ormstungu [Gunnlaug Serpent-Tongue, dragon that appears on the Icelandic shield is the dragon that guards Vopnafjordur Bay. From cousin Mike]
Hakonssaga and Magnussaga at the request of King Magnus, King Haakon's Life
Hallfreðar saga (two versions)
Haakon
Harðar saga ok Hólmverja
Hávarðar saga Ísfirðings (Havard's Saga)
Heiðarvíga saga
Heimskringla, Lives of the Kings , from Olaf Tryggvason to Sigurd the Crusader
Hensa-porissaga (Hænsna-Þóris saga) tells of the burning of Blund-Ketil, a noble chief
Hord's Saga
Hrafnkels saga
Hrana saga hrings
Hungrvaka, lives of the first five bishops of Skalholt, and biographies of his patron Bishop Paul (Peilssaga).
Islendinga, the fall of the Sturlungs
Íslendingabók, Libellus Islandorum or The Book of Icelanders. ENG version available at Amazon.
Jomsvikinga Saga, the history of the pirates of Jom, down to Knut the Great's days, also relates to Danish history. Some believe they never existed.
Karlsefni's story.
Kjalnesinga saga
KonungabOk, or The Book of Kings-history of the kings of Norway from the rise of the Yngling
dynasty down to the death of Harald Sigurdsson.
Konunga-tal. Noregs Konunga-tal, now called Fagrskinna, is a Norse compendium of the Kings' Lives from Halfdan the Black to Sverri's accession, probably written for King mythical Ragnar.
Kormáks saga (Kormak's Saga)
Kristni-Saga, the story of the christening of Iceland
Króka-Refs saga
Laxdæla saga
Landnamabok. The Book of Settlements. Norse settlement in Iceland is believed, to have started in 874: the Icelandic Parliament dates from 930 and is the oldest in Europe. The Norsemen were preceded in Iceland by Irish hermits, who had been there since the beginning of the same century.
Laxdcela
Lodbrok's
and Gongu-Hrolf's Sagas, Lives of Harold Bluetooth and the Kings down to Sveyn II. known as Skioldunga
Ljósvetninga
saga (three versions)
Magnus Barefoot Saga (21st Great Grandfather)
Orkneyinga is made up of the Earls' Saga, lives of the first great earls
Olafs Saga about Olaf Tryggvason (Roy's Fifth Cousin 29x Removed)
Ölkofra saga Lives of Earl Rognwald and Sveyn, the last of the vikings
Onundar-brennusaga (1185-1200), Gudmund Dyri, goes at last into a cloister; of Hrafn Sveinbiornsson (1190-1213)
Reykdœla saga ok Víga-Skútu
St Olaf's Saga,
St Thorlak (Thorlakssaga)
Skalholtsbok - references to the lands across the Atlantic may be found, the last-named being another version of
Sturlunga
Svarfdœla
saga
Thorgils Skardi
Thorgils and Haflidi (I118-1121)great Sturlung family, down to the settlement of his great lawsuit by Jon Loptsson (Roy's 21st GGF)
Þorsteins
saga hvíta
Þorsteins saga Síðu-Hallssonar
Þórðar saga hreðu
Valla-Ljóts
saga
Vatnsdœla saga
Víga-Glúms saga
Víglundar saga
Vápnfirðinga saga
Viga-Glum's Saga
Ynglinga and Harald Fairhair's Saga
http://www.archive.org/stream/haraldfairhairhi00howouoft/haraldfairhairhi00howouoft_djvu.txt

Saga by Location
Vapnfcrdinga
Niala or Laxdeela

ANNALS
Annales Regii, ending 1306

Einar Haflidason's Annals, known as "Lawman's Annals," reaching to 1392, and preserved with others in Flatey-book

New Annals, last of all
The Diplomatarium Islandicum, edited by Jon Sigurdsson

More Saga Details
see Timeline html
Following from source: http://www.1911encyclopedia.org/Iceland
Of the north there are the sagas of Kormak (930-960), most primitive of all, a tale of a wild poet's love and feuds, containing many notices of the heathen times; of Vatzdeelasaga (890-980), relating to the settlement and the chief family in Waterdale; of Hallfred the poet (996-1014), narrating his fortune at King Olaf's court, his love affairs in Iceland, and finally his death and burial at Iona; of Reyk -deela (990), which preserves the lives of Askell and his son Viga-Skuti; of Svarf-deela (980-990), a cruel, coarse story of the old days, with some good scenes in it, unfortunately imperfect, chapters I-10 being forged; of VigaGlum (970-990), a fine story of a heathen hero, brave, crafty and cruel. To the north also belong the sagas of Gretti the Strong (Ioio-1031), the life and death of the most famous of Icelandic outlaws, the real story of whose career is mixed up with the mythical adventures of Beowulf, here put down to Gretti, and with late romantic episodes and fabulous folk-tales (Dr Vigfusson would ascribe the best parts of this saga to Sturla; its last editor, whose additions would be better away, must have touched it up about 1300), and the stories of the Ljosvetningasaga (1009-1060). Gudmund the Mighty and his family and neighbours are the heroes of these tales, which form a little cycle. The Banda-manna saga (1050-1060), the only comedy among the sagas, is also a northern tale; it relates the struggles of a plebeian who gets a chieftancy against the old families of the neighbourhood, whom he successfully outwits; Ol-kofra pattr is a later imitation of it in the same humorous strain. The sagas of the north are rougher and coarser than those of the west, but have a good deal of individual character.

Of tales relating to the east there survive the Weapon-firth cycle - the tales of Thorstein the White (c. 900), of Thorstein the Staffsmitten (c. 985), of Gunnar Thidrand's Bane (1000-1008) and of the Weapon firth Men (975-990), all relating to the family of Hof and their friends and kin for several generations - and the story of Hrafnkell Frey's Priest (c. 960), the most idyllic of sagas and best of the eastern tales. Of later times there are Droplaug's Sons' Saga (997-1007), written probably about I i io, and preserved in the uncouth style of the original (a brother's revenge for his brother's death is the substance of it; Brandkrossa pattr is an appendix to it), and the tales of Thorstein Hall of Side's Son (c. 1014) and his brother Thidrandi (c. 996), which belong to the cycle of Hall o' Side's Saga, unhappily lost; they are weird tales of bloodshed and magic, with idyllic and pathetic episodes.

The sagas of the south are either lost or absorbed in that of Nial (970-1014), a long and complex story into which are woven the tales of Gunnar Nial, and parts of others, as Brian Boroimhe, Hall o' Side, &c. It is, whether we look at style, contents or legal and historical weight, the foremost of all sagas. It deals especially with law, and contains the pith and the moral of all early Icelandic history. Its hero Nial, type of the good lawyer, is contrasted with its villain Mord, the ensample of cunning, chicane, and legal wrong doing; and a great part of the saga is taken up with the three cases and suits of the divorce, the death of Hoskuld and the burning of Nial, which are given with great minuteness. The number and variety of its dramatis personae give it the liveliest interest throughout. The women Hallgerda, Bergthora and Ragnhild are as sharply contrasted as the men Gunnar, Skarphedin, Flosi and Kari. The pathos of such tragedies as the death of Gunnar and Hoskuld and the burning is interrupted by the humour of the Althing scenes and the intellectual interest of the legal proceedings. The plot dealing first with the life and death of Gunnar, type of the chivalry of his day, then with the burning of Nial by Flosi, and how it came about, and lastly with Kari's revenge on the burners, is the ideal saga-plot. The author must have been of the east, a good lawyer and genealogist, and have composed it about 1250, to judge from internal evidence. It has been overworked by a later editor, c. 1300, who inserted many spurious verses.
Relating partly to Iceland, but mostly to Greenland and Vinland (N. America), are the Floamannasaga (985-990), a good story of the adventures of Thorgils and of the - struggles of shipwrecked colonists in Greenland, graphic and terrible picture; and Eirikssaga rauc'5a North (990-1000), two versions, one northern (Flatey-book), America. one western, the better (in Hawk's Book, and AM. 557), the story of the discovery of Greenland and Vinland (America) by the Icelanders at the end of the 9th century. Later is the Fostbreedrasaga (1015-1030), a very interesting story, told in a quaint romantic style, of Thorgeir, the reckless henchman of King Olaf, and how his death was revenged in Greenland by his sworn brother the true-hearted Thormod Coalbrow's poet, who afterward dies at Sticklestad. The tale of Einar Sookisson (c. 1125) may also be noticed. The lost saga of Poet Helgi, of which only fragments remain, was also laid in Greenland.

Besides complete sagas there are embedded in the Heimskringla numerous small pcettir or episodes, small tales of Icelanders' adventures, often relating to poets and their lives at the kings' courts; one or two of these seem to be fragments of sagas now lost. Among the more notable are those of Orm Storolfsson, Ogmund Dijtt, Halldor Snorrason, Thorstein Oxfoot, Hromund Halt, Thorwald Tasaldi, Svadi and Arnor Herlingar-nef. Audatnn of Westfirth, Sneglu-Halli, Hrafn of Hrutfiord, Hreidar Heimski, Gisli Illugison, Ivar the poet, Gull-1Esu Thord, Einar Skutason the poet, Mani the poet, &c.
The forged Icelandic sagas appear as early as the 13th century. They are very poor, and either worked up on hints given in genuine stories or altogether apocryphal (of doubtful authenticity).
source: http://www.1911encyclopedia.org/Iceland

 

NORSE ART
You will notice most links to outside sites are only for citing Sources. I was impressed with this collection of Norse Paintings and posting link here.
ARILD HAUGE’S RUNES
http://www.arild-hauge.com/billeder-index.htm
http://www.arild-hauge.com/paintings.htm

The Start of the Lone Wolf Collection by Roy E. Christopherson
3-D render by Roy of his Great Ancestor Princess Melkorka
3-D render by Roy of Viking Ship
3-D render by Roy of Beowulf

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