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Gísla saga, an Icelandic saga set in northwestern Iceland and written probably before the middle of the 13th century, which tells of an outlaw poet, Gísli Súrsson . Directed by Ágúst Guðmundsson. With Tinna Gunnlaugsdóttir, Arnar Jónsson, Kristján Jóhann Jónsson, Þráinn Karlsson. From an authentic Viking saga, Outlaw. The Saga of Gísli Súrsson begins with a good old-fashioned Norwegian family feud in which a guy named Skeggi asks his carpenter to carve a.

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But they were all much wounded, Eyjolf’s companions. Now as soon as this happens up jumps Hallbjorn the Runagate; but the lad threw down the sword all bloody as it was, seizes his staff, and so they all ran with Hallbjorn, and all the beggars ran too, for they were almost mad with fright.

While attending a thing an assemblythe hero’s close-knit group learns that a wise man named Gest has predicted discord among them the “Haukdal men” in three years. Mistress she of hoards unbroken, Bound my wounds with gentle skill; What, my love, doth this betoken? But Gisli smote back at him with his battle-axe, and took off the tail of his shield, and Skeggi’s leg along with it; and as he smote he chaunted:. Rut Vold rated it really liked it Oct 25, There are curses and witchcraft and outlaws and such.

Gisli goes with him right up to the farm-yard, and then said:. There was an Easterling too, named Thorgrim, who went with them. Then Gisli chaunted this stave:. Didn’t particularly like this one. So they fare to Gisli’s house at Hol. Even though Gisli spared the dueller’s life, the dueller’s sons forcibly recruit Kolbjorn, and the band sets fire to the hero’s family house.

I dream, but slumber soft and well. He manages to slip down to a beach under cliffs and makes it along to the house of Ref and Alfdis who agree to hide him, viz by Gisli hiding in their bed and, when Bork and his men search the place, she yells out fishwife abuse which puts them off until they leave. Now all is quiet, and Gisli goes again to Thorgerda, and is with her another winter.

Then many more fell on sagz, and methought I had my sata in my hand, and held my own a long while. Well, they had a long and hard passage, and are out more than a hundred days: But Havard had many friends, and many a man was ready to stand by hint in this matter, and at the same time to save Eyjolf from disgrace; so he had to swallow his shame, and goes away home. This is a story of cyclic blood-revenge, set off by a casual overheard remark, leading to the protagonist, Gisli, becoming a fugitive from society, and eventually dying in single combat against a dozen foes.


Gisli says that it is just as well that he has not met nor will ever meet the lads. Thordis seizing the sword to attack Eyjolf after he has killed her brother Gisli. It offers an imaginative reconstruction of the story of a man and his family who came to Iceland from Norway about AD But Gisli goes to Ingibjorga, and tells her of Ari’s fall, and gksli he had challenged Bjorn to the island, and how they were to fight the very next morning.

I read Gisla saga in medieval Icelandic several years ago and it still resonates for me in a similar way that the hard boiled detectives of Raymond Chandler do, or the heroes of American western stories, as in True Grit.

Now all this was noised about the countryside, and men thought it was still the same story, and that Bork had still the same ill-luck at Gisli’s hand.

Thorgrim and Bork the Stout were the sons of Thorstein, and his daughter’s name was Thordisa. Gisli the Outlaw by George Webbe Dasent []. She returns to say both the Thorgrims and Thorkel were sitting fully armed. He says that worse dream-wife had come to sagga again and said thus Some now said that this looked very like what Thorgrim had done to Vestein when he spoke about the hellshoon.

Gisli threw him and bore away the ball.

Gísla saga

In the opening chapter set in Norway, Gisli Thorkelsson is an uncle and namesake of the saga’s title character.

The second half of the book degenerates into more of a typical outlaw saga, much more episodic and loose, but the first have is a beautifully constructed tale of secret murder– it helps to keep in mind that, while most people believe they know who did the killing at the heart of the conflict, the author at least in the MSS of the saga which this translation is based on does not One of the best of the sagas of Icelanders, and in one of the best translation of the sagas in my humble opinion.


There he takes out the tholes, and thwarts, and oars, and all that was loose in the boat, and then upsets and lets her drive with the tide in towards Ness. No trivia or quizzes yet. They live as neighbors, the brothers at Hol, and Thorgrim at Saebol. The name of the eldest was Ari, the second was called Gisli, and the third Thorbjorn. They reach Auda’s house, and Gisli is at that time there. Take that, I say, and shame and blame go with it. So now that summer glides by, and Gisli abides in his earth-house, and is wary of himself, and does not mean to go away any more.

Eyjolf tells Helgi to attack Gisli who promptly chops him in half. There was a way from the water into the byre. They were then very young, and Bork the Stout was so wroth they could do nothing with him.

They were then in all fifty men. They are partners in the game at ball, Gisli and Thorstein and against them were matched Bork and Thorkel. Now, mind, I will neither ransom myself with money, nor will I suffer any one else to ransom himself.

I look to thee for comfort and countenance, for now I am hard pressed, and I have forborne to do this for a long time. Then they set to work and sold their lands secretly, but their goods and chattels they carried off.

The Saga of Gisli the Outlaw – Icelandic Saga Database

Thorgerda–for that was heir name–made Gisli welcome. Gisli stays with Ref for two weeks and gives him present of a knife and belt when he leaves and returns to his wife at Geirthjofsfjord. Sign in with Facebook Saya Sign in options. Thorgrim volunteers to tie on his Hel-shoes.

A little after, Thorkel looked out for a wife. And now Bork thinks he knows from the words which Helgi had uttered that it must have been Vestein’s sons. He goes to see his brother one last time, borrows his boat gislo departs prophesing Thorkel will die before him, then rows out to the island of Hergilsey where he stays with his cousin Ingjald.

They were well off both for goods and honour.