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Old December 31st, 2017, 09:21 PM   #1

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What Viking Sagas deal with Swedan?


Good Day All,

I occasionally like to to read a Viking Saga, and an currently tackling the Orkneyinga Saga for the new year. I also have King Harlod's Saga and Egil's Saga in my library.

It seems that these and most other readily avaialable sagas deal with Norway, Denmark, Iceland and Britain. Does anyone know of the sagas that get into Swedish history, and its dealings in Finland, Russia, etc?

What are some of the most entertaining and seminal ones?

Thanks and happy New Year to you.
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They were written in the Middle Ages, when Iceland was a province under the kings of Norway. It's a kind of wish-fullfilment literature, where the hick-Icelanders could cast themselves as just a little cooler, wittier, better at everything than the Norwegians et al., even if having to concede that Norway gave entry to the bigger world beyond little Iceland. Swedes appearing in them tend to be bastards and/or idiots — which would have to do with inter-Norse rivalry.
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The saga of Yngvar the Traveller

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Erik Segersäll, Erik the Victorious, is according to the saga, the first king of Sweden.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_the_Victorious


The most well known is the Ynglinga Saga which, if memory serves me well, is in the first part of Snorri Sturluson's Heimskringla, the sagas of the norse kings. It is reproduced here online;

THE YNGLINGA SAGA

There is a list of these semi legendary kings on wiki:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o...ings_of_Sweden
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