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The Icelandic sagas are prose histories describing events that took place amongst the Norse and Celtic inhabitants of Iceland during the period of the Icelandic Commonwealth in the 10th and 11th centuries AD. They were most likely written in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries AD, perhaps originating in an oral tradition of storytelling. While their facticity and authorship is for the most part unknown, they are a widely recognized gem of world literature thanks to their sparse, succinct prose style and balanced storytelling. The sagas focus largely on history, especially genealogical and family history, and reflect the struggles and conflicts that arose amongst the second and third generations of Norse settlers in medieval Iceland, which was in this time a remote, decentralised society with a rich legal tradition but no organized executive power.

The texts in these books are available for online reading at http://sagadb.org/, the Icelandic Saga Database.

This series of Icelandic Sagas consist of:

01. Bandamanna Saga I
02. Bandamanna Saga II
03. Brennu Njals Saga
04. Egils Saga
05. Eiriks Saga Rauda
06. Eybyggja Saga
07. Faereyinga Saga
08. Gisla Saga Surssonar
09. Grettis Saga
10. Gunnlaugs Saga Ormstungu
11. Haensna Thoris Saga
12. Havardar Saga Isfirdings
13. Heidarviga Saga
14. Hrafnkels Saga Freysgoda
15. Kormaks Saga
16. Laxdaele Saga
17. Thordar Saga Hredu
18. Viga Glums Saga
19. Viglundar Saga

A copy of each volume is availabe for purchase from Wylandriah, the court wizard in Mistveil Keep in Riften, and is available for reading in the Bards College in Solitude. There you may find all volumes in a Winterhold type book case near Viarmo's bedroom.

Myths, Legends and Saga mods:

The Poetic Edda: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=127921874
Heimskringla: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=128434602
The Prose Edda: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=129846029
Teutonic Myths and Legends: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=129736312
Icelandic Sagas: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=130244719
10 Comments
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Altbert  [author] Oct 26, 2013 @ 2:55pm 
This mod does nothing! The mod provides only books! But then ... the original legends and sagas on which Skyrim is slightly based. Very slightly! There is still a quest in the game, although not activated, about gathering the poems of the Edda for the Bards College. So, you could call it "background history".
Kim Jong Nam Oct 26, 2013 @ 1:29pm 
what does this do

That Other Guy Aug 14, 2013 @ 6:56pm 
O_o Well, I've read the Eddas, but sure, I'll take this too, lol
biggestmexican Jul 26, 2013 @ 10:17pm 
Thank you for all of these. Genius.
jonbo Mar 12, 2013 @ 3:55pm 
What a lovely setting for the Sagas to be published! (Yes! I´m Icelandic)
Brings to bear, that someone with a good knowledge of Icelandic should have been consulted for instance when giving nordic names to characters in Skyrim. Hroki (for instance) is a masculine noun in Icelandic meaning arrogance, hardly suitable for a lovely maden in Markarth.
But none-the-less the use of old-nordic/Icelandic in the game has provided several chuckles and even laughs, and as such has proven to be a good source of entertainment in itself.
Lappalingur Mar 9, 2013 @ 9:51am 
I'm an Icelander and I think this is awesome =D
Altbert  [author] Mar 6, 2013 @ 2:11am 
@dukethepcdr: That was not my intention, but maybe I could make a seperate mod for that.
dukethepcdr Mar 5, 2013 @ 10:37pm 
Very cool. Nice to see a spotlight on real-life nordic stories. Would be even cooler if reading them boosted one's speech skill or something though.
pelle_torsk Mar 2, 2013 @ 6:42am 
My new bosmer archer is saving her gold to buy the set (she could only buy the first 5 this trip to Riften), she dreams of owning all the sets. Nice to have goals. Thanks for adding all these books to the game.
pelle_torsk Mar 1, 2013 @ 11:55pm 
Subscribed...now off to give them a look-see.