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Heimskringla

Heimskringla is the best known of the Old Norse kings’ sagas. It was written in Old Norse in Iceland by the poet and historian Snorri Sturluson (1178/79–1241) c. 1230. The name Heimskringla was first used in the 17th century, derived from the first two words of one of the manuscripts (kringla heimsins, “the circle of the world”).
Heimskringla is a collection of sagas about Swedish and Norwegian kings, beginning with the saga of the legendary Swedish dynasty of the Ynglings, followed by accounts of historical Norwegian rulers from Harald Fairhair of the 9th century up to the death of the pretender Eystein Meyla in 1177. The exact sources of his work are disputed, but included earlier kings’ sagas, such as Morkinskinna, Fagrskinna and the twelfth century Norwegian synoptic histories and oral traditions, notably many skaldic poems. Snorri had himself visited Norway and Sweden. For events of the mid-12th century, Snorri explicitly names the now-lost work Hryggjarstykki as his source. The composition of the sagas is Snorri’s.

Snorri Sturluson (1179 – 1241) was an Icelandic historian, poet, and politician. He was elected twice as lawspeaker to the Icelandic parliament, the Althing. He was the author of the Prose Edda or Younger Edda, which consists of Gylfaginning (“the fooling of Gylfi”), a narrative of Norse mythology, the Skáldskaparmál, a book of poetic language, and the Háttatal, a list of verse forms. He was also the author of the Heimskringla, a history of the Norwegian kings that begins with legendary material in Ynglinga saga and moves through to early medieval Scandinavian history. For stylistic and methodological reasons, Snorri is often taken to be the author of Egil’s saga.

Translated by Samuel Laing

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Egil’s Saga

Egil’s Saga or Egill’s saga is an Icelandic saga (family saga) on the lives of the clan of Egill Skallagrímsson (Anglicised as Egil Skallagrimsson), an Icelandic farmer, viking and skald. The saga spans the years c. 850–1000 and traces the family history from Egil’s grandfather to his offspring.
Its oldest manuscript (a fragment) dates back to 1240 AD, and comprises the sole source of information on the exploits of Egil, whose life is not historically recorded. Stylistic and other similarities between Egil’s Saga and Heimskringla (Heimskringla is a collection of sagas about Swedish and Norwegian kings) have led many scholars to believe that they were the work of the same author, Snorri Sturluson.

Snorri Sturluson (1179 – 1241) was an Icelandic historian, poet, and politician. He was elected twice as lawspeaker to the Icelandic parliament, the Althing. He was the author of the Prose Edda or Younger Edda, which consists of Gylfaginning (“the fooling of Gylfi”), a narrative of Norse mythology, the Skáldskaparmál, a book of poetic language, and the Háttatal, a list of verse forms. He was also the author of the Heimskringla, a history of the Norwegian kings that begins with legendary material in Ynglinga saga and moves through to early medieval Scandinavian history. For stylistic and methodological reasons, Snorri is often taken to be the author of Egil’s saga.

Translated by W. C. Green.

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La ragazza della costa

Una ragazza misteriosa al centro di un storia magica e incantata, nella costa di Moneglia.

Paolo Bozzo è un giovane autore genovese che cerca di mettere l’anima in ogni suo testo . Di solito risulta molto facile identificarsi nei suoi personaggi. Ma attenti a non ritrovarci troppo di voi stessi.

Paolo è anche autore dei seguenti libri:
Una vita precaria,
Le mura del cuore,
I fiori del tempo,
Imparare a scrivere,
Genovesi sulla Luna.

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39 curiosità sulla Groenlandia

La Groenlandia (in groenlandese: Kalaallit Nunaat, Terra degli uomini; in danese Grønland, Terra verde) è un’isola collocata nell’estremo nord dell’oceano Atlantico tra il Canada a sud-ovest, l’Islanda a sud-est, l’Artide e il Mar Glaciale Artico a nord. Geograficamente parlando, appartiene alla placca nordamericana, mentre, dal punto di vista politico, costituisce una nazione in seno al Regno di Danimarca.

I mini-ebook di Passerino Editore sono guide agili, essenziali e complete, per orientarsi nella storia del mondo.

A cura di Antonio Ferraiuolo

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