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Author photo. Statue of Snorri Sturluson by sculptor Gustav Vigeland, in Bergen, Norway. An identical statue was erected at Reykholt, Iceland.

Source: Own work
Date: 27 March 2007
Author: Barend

Statue of Snorri Sturluson by sculptor Gustav Vigeland, in Bergen, Norway. An identical statue was erected at Reykholt, Iceland. Source: Own work Date: 27 March 2007 Author: Barend

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Snorri Sturluson's fame as a historian---his main work is the 16 sagas included in Heimskringla (c.1230), a monumental history of Norway from its beginning until 1177---lies both in his critical approach to sources and in his fine, realistic exposition of event and motivation. A similar combination of scholarly and imaginative talent is seen in The Prose Edda (c.1220). Intended to be a handbook in skaldic poetry, it preserves invaluable mythological tales that were on the verge of being forgotten even in Sturluson's time. A large part of what we know about Nordic mythology stems from his Edda. The bibliography that follows also lists the anonymous Egil's Saga (1200--30), which many expert Scandinavian medievalists (e.g., Sigurdur Nordal and Bjorn M. Olsen) attribute to Sturluson. It is a fascinating account of life in Norway, England, and Iceland and of the poet-warrior Egil, whose skaldic verse is renowned for its unusual emotional and personal qualities. Snorri Sturluson's own life was as eventful as those about whom he wrote. Returning to Iceland from exile in 1239, he again became deeply involved in serious power struggles and was murdered in 1241. (Bowker Author Biography)
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The Prose Edda 2,721 copies, 24 reviews
Egil's Saga 983 copies, 8 reviews
Eyrbyggja Saga 317 copies, 4 reviews
Edda: Hattatal (Author) 14 copies
Eddas 5 copies, 1 review
Snorris Eddasagn 4 copies, 1 review
Kongesagaer 2 copies, 1 review
Kongesoger 2 copies
Edda: Part 1 2 copies
Snorres kongesagaer 1 copy, 1 review
Kongesoger 1 copy
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