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An Introduction to the Sagas of Icelanders$
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Carl Phelpstead

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780813066516

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813066516.001.0001

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The Sagas in English

The Sagas in English

(p.148) 5 The Sagas in English
An Introduction to the Sagas of Icelanders

Carl Phelpstead

University Press of Florida

Chapter 5 considers the translation history of the sagas of Icelanders into English. The chapter reveals the importance of the Icelandic sagas to literary culture in the English-speaking world over the last two hundred or more years and also shows how consistently the translation of Old Norse-Icelandic literature has been inspired by, and undertaken in accordance with, beliefs about identity. Beginning with Walter Scott’s epitome of Eyrbyggja saga it goes on to consider the Victorian translations of William Morris, Sabine Baring-Gould, and George Webbe Dasent; the translation of Egils saga by the early fantasy novelist E. R. Eddison; the translations of Gwyn Jones; the widely read Penguin Classics translations by Hermann Pálsson and his collaborators; and the complete translation of all sagas of Icelanders published by Leifur Eiríksson Publishing in 1997.

Keywords:   translation, Old Norse-Icelandic literature, identity, Walter Scott, William Morris, Sabine Baring-Gould, George Webbe Dasent, E. R. Eddison, Gwyn Jones, Hermann Pálsson

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