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The Story of Viga-Glum

By Head, Edmund

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Title: The Story of Viga-Glum  
Author: Head, Edmund
Language: English
Subject: Sacred Texts, Icelandic Lore, The Sagas
Collections: Sacred Texts
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Publisher: Williams and Norgate


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Description: The Story of Viga-Glum. Sir Edmund Head I HAVE heard the question asked, What interest can attach to the language and literature of a small and remote island, the inhabitants of which never exceeded 60,000 in number? The population of Iceland has always been insignificant, and its territory barren, but we must recollect what the race was, which this population represented, and whose language it is that has come down to us as a living tongue, on this half desert spot in in the Northern Ocean. The Sagas, of which this tale is one, were composed for the men who have left their mark in every corner of Europe, and whose language and laws are at this moment important elements in the speech and institutions of England, America, and Australia. There is no page of modern history in which the influence of the Northmen and their conquest must not be taken into account--Russia, Constantinople, Greece, Palestine, Sicily, the coasts of Africa, Southern Italy, France, the Spanish Peninsula, England, Scotland, Ireland, and every rock and island round them, have


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