The Saga of Gunnlaug the Worm-Tongue and Raven the Skald ebook
The Saga of Gunnlaug the Worm-Tongue and Raven the Skald
The saga of Gunnlaug the Worm-Tongue and Raven the Skald, composed in the 13th century, relates the story of two Icelandic poets Gunnlaugr Ormstunga and Hrafn Ãnundarson, and their competition for the love of Helga the Fair, daughter of Ãorsteinn Egilsson and granddaughter of Egill SkallagrÃmsson.
The story opens with a prophetic dream of two eagles fighting over a swan, prefiguring the love triangle in the story. The rivalry is initially fought using verse, but later with weapons, when Gunnlaug challenges Hrafn to a holmgang -- a duel, the recognised Norse way of settling disputes. The narrative follows Gunnlaugr and is sympathetic towards him as it describes his ambitious career as a court poet across Scandinavia and the British Isles.
The saga has similarities to earlier sagas of poets, such as KormÃ¡ks saga and Bjarnar saga, but it is more refined and elegan
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