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Joseph Anderson (1832-1916), curator of the National Museum of Antiquities of Scotland, edited this version of the saga of the earls of Orkney, translated by Jon Hjaltalin and Gilbert Goudie, and published in 1873. Anderson (whose works on the archaeology of Scotland from the Stone Age to the early Christian era are also reissued in this series) provides a lengthy introduction to the saga, discussing the geography of the islands, and using literary and archaeological material to put the work, which is written in Icelandic and dates from between 1170 and 1220, in context. The first Viking incursions into the islands began in the late eighth century, and the Norwegian king Harald Fairhair gave Orkney to the first earl, Rognvald Eysteinsson, in compensation for the death of his son, in about 870. Anderson also provides notes to the translation, and an appendix with further material from the Icelandic Flateyjarbˇk.
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This translation of the saga of the earls of Orkney was published in 1873. Joseph Anderson provides a lengthy introduction, discussing the geography of the islands, and using literary and archaeological material to put the work, which is written in Icelandic and dates from between 1170 and 1220, in context.About the Author:
Richard Stevenson was born in Victoria, B.C. in 1952 and has lived in Western Canada and Nigeria. A college English professor by profession, he has taught English, Canadian and African Literature, Creative writing and other courses in high schools and colleges. A former Editor-in-Chief of Prism International, his own reviews and poems have appeared in numerous magazines, anthologies and journals in Canada, U.S. and overseas. He lives in Lethbridge, Alberta.
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