Njáls saga

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Njáls saga (About this sound listen ) (also known as "Brennu-Njáls saga" (About this sound listen ) or "The Story of the burning of Njáll") is arguably the most famous of the Sagas of Icelanders. Among Icelanders, the saga is most often referred to simply as Njála (About this sound listen ).

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Njáls saga is an Icelandic saga from the 13th century describing the progress of a series of blood feuds. Its author is believed to have lived in southeast Iceland, but little else of them is known. It is widely regarded as the greatest of the Icelandic sagas. The breadth of its subject matter and multitude of references within the text indicate that the author was well educated.

The events occur between 960 and 1020, as evidenced from the historical reference to King Harold Grayfell (961-976) in chapter three, the Christian conversion of Iceland in 999 covered in chapters 94-101, and the Battle of Clontarf outside Dublin in 1014 in the penultimate chapter.

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