VIKING SAGAS

3 January Sagas

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VIKING SAGAS

J.R. R. Tolkien is said to have drawn some of his inspiration for his Lord of The Rings trilogy, from Viking sagas. The word saga means ‘what is told’, and sagas were essentially long adventure stories told in poem and prose. First written down between the twelfth and fourteenth centuries, they were composed long before that and passed down orally (with various embellishments) from one generation to the next. Most fall into three categories: Kings’ Sagas, Icelander Sagas, and Legendary Sagas. Kings’ Sagas tell the stories of Scandinavian kings, Icelander Sagas recount the heroic exploits of Iceland’s great families, and Legendary Sagas combine history and mythology. Wars and warriors hold prominence, as does the struggle between good and evil.

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