Index of the Icelandic Sagas

Archived at the Temple of Our Heathen Gods

Below you will find links to all the major extant Icelandic sagas. All the sagas are available in Icelandic with modernised spelling, while many are available translated into English or other languages, indicated by the flags below the links. The "ON" flag indicates that the saga is available with the original Old Norse spelling. Click on the Flags to access versions of the sagas other than Icelandic...

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Old Norse







saga n : a narrative telling the adventures of a hero or a family; originally, a story of the families that settled Iceland and their descendants.

The Icelandic Saga Database is an online resource dedicated to the Sagas of the Icelanders -- a large body of medieval literature which forms the foundation of the Icelandic literary tradition. The sagas are prose histories describing events that took place amongst the Norse and Celtic inhabitants of Iceland during the period of the Icelandic Commonwealth in the 10th and 11th centuries AD. The sagas on this page, were archived from the Icelandic Saga Database for the Temple of Our Heathen Gods.

The sagas are believed to have been written in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries AD, perhaps originating in an oral tradition of storytelling. While their facticity and authorship is for the most part unknown, they are a widely recognized gem of world literature thanks to their sparse, succinct prose style and balanced storytelling. The sagas focus largely on history, especially genealogical and family history, and reflect the struggles and conflicts that arose amongst the second and third generations of Norse settlers in medieval Iceland, which was in this time a remote, decentralised society with a rich legal tradition but no organized executive power.

Icelandic Saga Database