WEFOUNDOrkneyinga Saga: The History of the Earls of Orkney (Penguin Classics)


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The Orkneyinga saga (also called the History of the Earls of Orkney ) is a historical narrative of the history of the Orkney Islands, from their capture by the Norwegian king in the ninth century onwards until about 1200. [1] The saga has "no parallel in the social and literary record of Scotland". [2]

The Norse saga was written around 1230 (three centuries after the events they record) by an unknown Icelandic author and, as was generally the case with Icelandic language writing of this period, the saga is as much a fictional story as a historic document. It is thought to have been compiled from a number of sources, combining oral legends with historical facts to tell the lives of the earls of Orkney and how they came about their earldom.

After three chapters dealing with the mythical ancestry of the later earls, the saga's adventurous account begins with the semi-mythical tales of the conquest of Orkney by Harald Fairhair , the King of Norway before moving on to more factual matters. [3]

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This work is in the public domain in its country of origin and other countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 70 years or less .

The Orkneyinga saga (also called the History of the Earls of Orkney ) is a historical narrative of the history of the Orkney Islands, from their capture by the Norwegian king in the ninth century onwards until about 1200. [1] The saga has "no parallel in the social and literary record of Scotland". [2]

The Norse saga was written around 1230 (three centuries after the events they record) by an unknown Icelandic author and, as was generally the case with Icelandic language writing of this period, the saga is as much a fictional story as a historic document. It is thought to have been compiled from a number of sources, combining oral legends with historical facts to tell the lives of the earls of Orkney and how they came about their earldom.

After three chapters dealing with the mythical ancestry of the later earls, the saga's adventurous account begins with the semi-mythical tales of the conquest of Orkney by Harald Fairhair , the King of Norway before moving on to more factual matters. [3]

…of the 11th century, and Orkneyinga saga , dealing with the rulers of the earldom of Orkney from about 900 to the end of the 12th century. These two works were probably written about 1200. The history of the kings of Denmark from circa 940 to 1187 is told in Knýtlinga…


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