The Saga of Grettir the Strong continues. As an outlaw, Grettir is forced to lurk in the wilds, hide in caves, and rely on the kindness of others for food. Will he go out in a blaze of glory? And will he ever recover from the embarrassment of his exposed manhood?
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It is the only saga in this category that takes place exclusively after the adoption of Christianity in the year Odd leaves home and becomes a wealthy merchant and landowner. Odd agrees because of Ospak's connections even though he is aware of the man's difficult character and reputation.
Things go well until Odd wants to make a trading trip. He talks Ospak into becoming his steward. Ospak woos a rich woman named Svala and moves to her lands after a falling-out with Odd over his stewardship. Although everything went fine for a while after Ospak moves out, Odd's livestock start to go missing. Going home disappointed, Odd meets his father, who promises to take on the case if paid what Odd would have paid anybody else who could have fixed things. Ofeig gets the jurymen to agree to do what they want to do, condemn somebody as infamous as Ospak, and get paid into the bargain.
The bribe is suspected by Thorarin, father of Ospak's wife, and his friend Styrmir. The rest of the tale is about Ofeig's cunning and guile in handling of the case and its outcome. Very skillfully Ofeig convinces two of the six men conspiring against Odd into helping them instead with even more bribery and promises one of them that Odd will marry one of his daughter. He convinces them that they will get no money because Odd is already gone, that they will look like embarrassed fools when they are caught.
They agree and Ofeig convinces the court that he should select two of the six jurymen who will decide the case and levy punishment. As previously agreed by Ofeig and the two men, they find him guilty but charge him an insignificant fine.
Thus the two do not break their oaths with the others and still reap a reward. The story ends with Odd reconciled with his father and marrying the daughter of one of the jurymen. Ellison, Ruth C. New York: Penguin, From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Store norske leksikon. Retrieved November 1, Sagas of Icelanders. Categories : Sagas of Icelanders Medieval literature. Hidden categories: Articles with hAudio microformats.
It is the only saga in this category that takes place exclusively after the adoption of Christianity in the year Odd leaves home and becomes a wealthy merchant and landowner. Odd agrees because of Ospak's connections even though he is aware of the man's difficult character and reputation. Things go well until Odd wants to make a trading trip. He talks Ospak into becoming his steward. Ospak woos a rich woman named Svala and moves to her lands after a falling-out with Odd over his stewardship.
A man named Ufeig dwelt westaway in Midfirth, at a stead called Reeks: he was the son of Skidi, and his mother was called Gunnlaug, whose mother was Jarngerd, daughter of Ufeig Jarngerdson, of the Skards in the north country. Ufeig was wedded to a woman called Thorgerdi daughter of Vali; she came of great kin, and was a stirring woman. Ufeig was a wise man, and full of good counsel; he was great-hearted in all wise, but unhandy at money-getting; great and wide lands he had, but was scant of chattels; he spared not to give his meat to any, yet mostly was it got by borrowing what was needed for the household; he was thingman of Styrmir of Asgeir's-water, who was then held for the greatest chief west away there. Ufeig had a son by his wife named Odd, a goodly man, and of fair mien from his youth up, but small love he had from his father; he was but a sorry handy-craftsman. One named Vali also grew up in Ufeig's house; he was a goodly man, and a well-loved. So Odd grew up in his father's house till he was twelve winters old, and mostly Ufeig had little to do with him, and loved him little; but the report of men ran that none of that country was of better conditions than Odd. On a time fell Odd to talk with his father, and craved of him help in money: "For I would depart hence: things have come to this," said he, "that of thee get I little honour, and to thee give I little help.
The Story of the Banded Men
Applications Richard L. These three sagas pursue agendas variously critical of the old and decadent chieftain class, its heedless aristocratic arrogance on the one hand, and on the other, its unscrupulous greed , exacerbated by the gradual erosion of its traditional sources of power and wealth. While there is little doubt of such common ideological interests in the origins of all three [of these sagas], they differentiate themselves from one another respectively regarding the ethics of survival amidst the local tyranny and lethal hubris that each studies in pursuing its narrative purpose. Both these sagas thus consider kinds of people with whom it is disadvantageous to have dealings. While Oddr seems conscious and heedful of traditional social obligations, he is never said to incur upon himself financial hardship to please others. He will provide his own food and presumably intends to work.