Sagas of Warrior-poets Book Cover Sagas of Warrior-poets
Diana Whaley
Sagas
Penguin
August 29, 2002
345

All the Icelandic sagas portray a world well aware of the power of words: to praise, to blame, to curse and to taunt. Yet these five stories are unusual in putting a skald, or poet, centre stage and building the plot around his travels to seek fame, his doomed love for a married woman and his hostilities against her menfolk.