SCANDINAVIAN 125: Old Norse Literature

MWF 12-1 , 235 Dwinelle. Instructor: Jackson Crawford

Units: 4

L&S Breadth:  Arts & Literature

The famous Icelandic sagas are one of the most enduring literary artifacts of the Middle Ages. In this course we will read and examine the most famous of these sagas (including Njal’s Saga, Egil’s Saga, and many more), as well as works that strongly influenced them (such as the Saga of the Volsungs).


Kellogg, et al., eds. “The Sagas of Icelanders.” Penguin Classics

Cook, Robert, trans. “Njal’s Saga.” Penguin Classics.

(note that for Volsunga Saga I use Finch’s translation which is freely available online, and I am working on my own translation which Hackett is going to publish as a follow-up to my Poetic Edda)

Prerequisites: None. Readings are in English.