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Njál's Saga

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Narrated by: Gunnar Cauthery
Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
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Based on events that took place between 960 and 1020 AD, Njál 's Saga is a mesmerizing drama about a multigenerational cycle of violence and retribution, and the feuds and passions that perpetuate it.

The eponymous sage Njál, known for his keen legal mind, is one of Iceland's pre-eminent men, along with Gunnar of Hlidarendi, a fierce and formidable warrior married to the diabolical Hallgerd, whose conniving instigates the interminable pattern of romance, action and brutality - until one unforgivable act ends it all. 

Njál 's Saga is considered the greatest of the Icelandic sagas and is notable for its historical value, as it provides glimpses of a society transitioning away from the Iron Age to the Middle Ages, and establishing the social and legal mores of its present.

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  • Michael
  • 05-06-20

Poor Translation?

This TITLE came highly recommended and I really liked The Saga of the Volsungs & Saga of Ragnar Lothbrok, but Njal left be a bit cold. It is a saga, but to my ear was quite lifeless and a strange combination of Norse and Christianity, of butchery and legal nit-picking, honor and oath-breaking, and needless repetition. There were no existing audible reviews, and because the title was recommended I just gave it a try. When I checked out the reviews of the print version this translation was repeatedly considered weak. I will ask the recommender which translation he recommends. I can't recommend this version.

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