The Story of Grettir the Strong

Eiríkr Magnússon and William Morris

The Story of Grettir the Strong, by Eiríkr Magnússon and William Morris - click to see full size image

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The Story of Grettir the Strong is one of the Icelandic sagas. Written down in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, about events that supposedly took place between the ninth and the eleventh centuries in Iceland, it tells the story of the life of Grettir Ásmundarson, an Icelandic outlaw. The saga tells of how Grettir's viking great-grandfather Onundur Tree-foot escaped Norway to settle in Iceland after fighting in the Battle of Hafrsfjord against the first king of Norway Harald Fairhair. It then moves on to the life and death of Grettir, including the events which led him to becoming an outlaw, and his fights with supernatural creatures. The final sections of the book focus on his family. Fun fact - in Iceland, Garfield is called Grettir because his character (unwilling to conform to society's norms) matches that of the Icelander.

This book has 82,288 words, and 188 pages in the PDF version. This translation was originally published in 1900.

Production notes: This ebook of The Story of Grettir the Strong was published by Global Grey on the 6th July 2022. The artwork used for the cover is 'Grettir' by an unknown artist.

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