His chapters are quick-paced, and narratives retold with learned but accessible comparisons with the Code of Hammurabi, Homer's Iliad, Greek and Roman mythology, Talmudic midrash, medieval commentators Rashi and Radak, Maimonides, Icelandic and Norse sagas
, Shakespearean drama, English common law, and modern American and Israeli case law.
For nearly a thousand years, Norse sagas
handed down first by word-of-mouth and then in print told the story of the first Europeans in North America.
At the beginning of this book, Kvastad says he has no intention of discussing the historical truth of the Norse sagas
and the Bible, but rather of assessing whether the paranormal accounts in them "are possible according to contemporary science" (p.
99) FORMER Wolverhampton student Ben Nimmo fell in love with the epic Norse sagas
while he was at university but quit academia to become a scuba-diving instructor.
This produces the notably stereotyped portrayals of women in the Norse sagas
, particularly in Njal's Saga, where wives, sisters, and mothers incite men to vengeance despite male attempts to impose the judgments of the Althing as resolutions of blood feuds.
Ignoring literary traditions of the early 20th century,Tolkien's fantasy epic looks back to medieval and Norse sagas
with ideals rather than characters driving the plot.
speak admiringly of heroic warriors but warn against "uneven men" who pick fights, "exercising their courage by testing that of others.
After falling in love with the land of geysers and Norse sagas
on a filming trip there recently, the maverick self-publicist says he wants to shoot his next pic there.
Her father read Old Norse sagas
aloud to his little daughter, who as soon as she could read learned Old Norse and Old Icelandic in order to be able to read them herself.
For instance, the encyclopedia cites the familiar King Arthur and the less well known Norse sagas
to illustrate how stories and history might intertwine to create legends.
The berserkers raped and murdered at will (thus going "berserk"), and indeed in the Norse sagas
they were often portrayed as villains.
The Old Norse sagas
may be roughly divided into two groups.