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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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The passages about the marriage between Hrut and Unn are edited out. ive read it in both versions. this is annoying .

I haven't gotten to Hallgerd 's nasty mouth yet. but I already know it will be churched up and not funny. I'd rather have the full version.

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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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Literary Classic and Rare View of the Viking Mind

I had read Njal's Saga before, but it's even better (and a little easier to keep straight) hearing it spoken. Though the tale gets a little redundant at times with all the blood feuding and legal actions, this work really gives you a front-row seat to what being a 10th-11th century Icelander was like and who Vikings really were. As popular as Vikings are, it is a shame that more people do not read (or have not even heard of) this book. The narrator is great and does a fine job pronouncing all the names and places. An excellent production of a literary masterpiece.

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Njals saga is the pinnacle of family saga writing. This is a great translation as well.

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  • Thomas Lee
  • 06-05-21

Great epic saga

Very involving reading of the greatest saga of blood feuds in 10th and 11th Century Iceland. Memorable characters and superb reading by Gunnar Cauthery. Legendary heroes and one celebrated female character who is at the heart of every dispute. Beautiful and devious! Brilliant!

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  • belkin
  • 04-16-21

warrior-poet-lawyers

An ancient book takes us to a different world, to another reality. I was stunned by the world of the saga of the ancient nordic warriors. They turned out to be warrior-poet-lawyers. My ignorant expectations were that they knew only how to fight and kill. In the world of Njal’s saga, yes, they do kill. And the author does describe the killings in meticulous detail. But then between the killings they sing elaborate poetic songs. And, what is most interesting, after the killings they go to court in the Things (general assemblies) and fight intellectually exhaustive legal battles to agree the terms of atonement for the killings. They did have a sort of rule of law. The resolutions of the Things were generally thoroughly observed. Not an easy read, but definitely worth the effort. 

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  • GreenGilbert
  • 12-06-20

One of the greatest stories I’ve read

Gunnar doesn’t do so many ‘voices’ in this narration but over all an excellent reading