Welcome to the Icelandic Saga Database

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.

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The Icelandic Saga Database is an online resource dedicated to the digital publication of the Sagas of the Icelanders -- a large body of medieval literature which forms the foundation of the Icelandic literary tradition. This website contains all the extant Icelandic family sagas in an easily readable format using modernized Icelandic spelling, with Old Norse versions and translations into English and other languages made available where these exist in the public domain.

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Latest updates

30.06.2014: Downtime

Due to server failure, the website has been down for the past couple of weeks. These technical difficulties have now been resolved and the website is back online.

22.03.2011: EPUB format

All the sagas are now available for download in the EPUB format, for convenient reading on mobile devices.

05.10.2009: New Danish translations

Ljˇsvetninga saga and Har­ar saga og hˇlmverja now available in Danish.

10.01.2009: Hrafnkels saga update

Hrafnkels saga is now available with Old Norse spelling.

23.04.2008: Norwegian LaxdŠla

LaxdŠla saga now available in Norwegian translation.

The Icelandic 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. They were most likely 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.