About the Icelandic Saga Database

The Icelandic Saga Database is a non-profit enterprise maintained and administered by volunteers in their spare time. The project was conceived in 2007, with the objective of making the classic Sagas of the Icelanders available in multiple languages in an easily readable format in a single, central repository on the Web. Through countless hours of work, we now host the largest repository of saga translations on the Internet.

Support Us

You can support this project buy buying the sagas through Amazon via the link to the left, in which case a small part of the proceeds runs to us. Alternatively, you can make a donation via PayPal. Any financial assistance in keeping the site running is greatly appreciated.

We are always looking for new material. If you know of any online public domain translation of one of the sagas (into any language) which is not already available on this website, then by all means get in touch and let us know.

We also need in help verifying and error-checking the texts. If you find any errors or mistakes in the texts themselves, please let us know. Many of these texts have been processed using Optical Character Recognition software, and the results of such software are often faulty despite our best efforts to correct them.

Editorial Policy

All our best efforts have been made to ensure that the integrity of the texts herein has been preserved. Aside from formatting and the removal of footnotes, the texts are presented as they were found in original printed works. However, this is a volunteer effort with scarce resources, and it is likely that some errors may have slipped in.

To view the origin of a given text, press the "Archival Info" link on the right side, above the navigation panel for the saga.

Copyright Status

All the saga texts contained and provided on this website, unless otherwise specified, are in the public domain. This means that you are free to copy, modify, distribute and use them as you like, for any purposes, free of charge. The hypertext markup of the website itself, however, is subject to copyright.

Hosting

The Icelandic Saga Datbase website is served by the Apache web server on a UNIX host in Reykjavik, Iceland. The website itself is maintained using the Mentat content management system.

Sources

The material contained on this website -- original saga texts and translations -- have either been obtained elsewhere on the web, or processed from original scans using Optical Character Recognition software. We would particularly like to thank the following for providing source material:

This list is not exhaustive, but covers the bulk of the material obtained elsewhere.

Administrators

The Icelandic Saga Database is maintained and edited by Sveinbj÷rn ١r­arson.