Account

Company

  Menu
Large Image

Grettir the Outlaw: A Story of Iceland

by (Library of Alexandria)

(1 review)

Get It Preview
$3.99

Share This

Description

It was night-drawing on to midnight-in summer, that I who write this book arrived at the little lonely farm of Biarg, on the Middle River, in the north of Iceland. It was night, near on midnight, and yet I could hardly call it night, for the sky overhead was full of light of the clearest amethyst, and every stock and stone was distinctly visible. Across the valley rose a rugged moor, and above its shoulder a snow-clad mountain, turned to rosy gold by the night sun. As I stood there watching the mist form on the cold river in the vale below, all at once I heard a strange sound like horns blowing far away in the sky, and looking up, I saw a train of swans flying from west to east, bathed in sunlight, their wings of silver, and their feathers as gold. I had come all the way from England to see Biarg, for there was born, about the year A.D. 997, a man called Grettir, whose history I had read, and which interested me so much that I was resolved to see his native home, and the principal scenes where his stormy life was passed. The landscape was the same as that on which Grettir's childish eyes had looked more than eight hundred and fifty years ago. The same outline of dreary moor, the same snowy ridge of mountain standing above it, catching the midnight summer sun, the same mist forming over the river; but the house was altogether different. Now there stood only a poor heap of farm-buildings, erected of turf and wood, where had once been a noble hall of wood, with carved gable-ends, surrounded by many out-houses. Before we begin on the story of Grettir, it will be well to say a few words about its claim to be history. Iceland never was, and it is not now, a much-peopled island. The farmhouses are for the most part far apart, and the farms are of very considerable extent, because, owing to the severity of the climate, very little pasturage is obtained over a wide extent of country for the sheep and cattle. The population lives round the coast, on the fiords or creeks of the sea, or on the rivers that flow into these fiords. The centre of the island is occupied by a vast waste of ice-covered mountain, and desert black as ink strewn with volcanic ash and sand, or else with a region of erupted lava that is impassable, because in cooling it has exploded, and forms a country of bristling spikes and gulfs and sharp edges, very much like the wreck of a huge ginger-beer bottle factory. What are now farmhouses were the halls and mansions of families of noble descent. Indeed, the original settlers in Iceland were the nobles of Norway who left their native land to avoid the tyranny of Harold Fairhair, who tried to crush their power so as to make himself a despotic king in the land.

Tag This Book

This Book Has Been Tagged
It hasn't. Be the first to tag this book!

Our Recommendation

Track It. This book has been $3.81 within the past year.

Notify Me When The Price...

  • $
  • If I'm already tracking this book...

to track this book on eReaderIQ.

Track These Authors

to track Sabine Baring-Gould on eReaderIQ.

  • to be notified each time the price drops on any book by Sabine Baring-Gould.
  • to stop tracking Sabine Baring-Gould.

Price Summary

  • We started tracking this book on July 19, 2016.
  • This book was $3.99 when we started tracking it.
  • The price of this book has changed 37 times in the past 2,836 days.
  • The current price of this book is $3.99 last checked 32 minutes ago.
  • This book is at its lowest price in the past 90 days.
  • This lowest price this book has been offered at in the past year is $3.81.
  • The lowest price to date was $2.99 last reached on October 23, 2018.
  • This book has been $2.99 3 times since we started tracking it.
  • The highest price to date was $3.99 last reached on April 16, 2021.
  • This book has been $3.99 10 times since we started tracking it.
  • This book is currently at its highest price since we started tracking it.

Genres

Additional Info

  • Publication Date: July 8, 2016
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • Lending: Disabled
  • Print Length: 444 Pages
  • File Size: 1,213 KB

We last verified the price of this book about 32 minutes ago. At that time, the price was $3.99. This price is subject to change. The price displayed on the Amazon.com website at the time of purchase is the price you will pay for this book. Please confirm the price before making any purchases.