the dictionary of norse mythology


SAGA 1 An Old norse word meaning story. The sagas were stories in prose or verse dating from the early 11th to the mid-14th centuries, first written down about 1200. There were family sagas about early Icelandic settlers sagas of the kings, which were semihistorical stories about the kings of Norway and heroic sagas, which told of legendary heroes and fan-tastic adventures. The volsunga saga late 13th century is a good example of a heroic saga.

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