Vatnsdæla saga

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Vatnsdœla saga (About this sound listen ) is one of the sagas of Icelanders. It is essentially a family chronicle, probably written just after the middle of the thirteenth century.

It relates to the valley that runs south from Hunafloi in the north of Iceland.

Ingimundur, the grandson of a Norwegian chieftain, Ketill Raum, fought for King Harald Fairhair of Norway at the battle of Hafrsfjord and was rewarded by him. At the instigation of a fortune-teller he moved to Iceland where he lived to old age. The saga follows the story of his family until the arrival of Christianity in the late tenth century.

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  • Harris, Richard L. 2010. The proverbs of Vatnsdoela saga and the sword of Jokull. The oral backgrounds of Grettir Asmundarson's flawed heroism. The hero recovered. Essays in honor of George Clark, Robin Waugh and James Weldon (eds.), 150-170. Kalamazoo, MI: Medieval Institute Publications, Western Michigan University.

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