Orkneyinga Saga : The History of the Earls of Orkney
by Hermann Palsson , Paul Edwards
Editor: Penguin Books Ltd
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Written around the year 1200 by an unnamed Icelandic author, the Orkneyinga Saga is an intriguing fusion of myth, legend and historyThe only medieval chronicle to have Orkney as the central place of action, he speaks of a time when the islands were still part of the Viking world, beginning with their conquest by the kings of Norway in the ninth centuryThe saga describes the history of the Orkney Count and the adventures of great Normans such as Sigurd the Mighty, Saint Magnus the Martyr and Hrolf, the conqueror of Normandy.Wildly powerful and poetic, it is a fascinating representation of an age of violent fighting, murder, witchcraft and bitter family quarrels
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