Articles:Brennu-Njáls saga/Höskuldur og brennan

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The following is a highly simplified retelling of the middle part of Brennu-Njáls saga, one of the most popular Icelandic sagas. Brennu-Njáls saga was written in the 13th and tells the story of events from around the year 1000 AD.

  • Part 1 – Njáll adopts Höskuldur.
  • Part 2 – Höskuldur gets married.
  • Part 3 – Discord is sown out of envy.
  • Part 4 – Njáll's sons kill Höskuldur.
  • Part 5 – The widow of Höskuldur encourages her uncle Flosi to avenge Höskuldur's death.
  • Part 6 – The case of Höskuldur's death is discussed at parliament. Skarphéðinn insults Flosi.
  • Part 7 – Flosi sets fire to Njál's house.
  • Part 8 – Helgi tries to flee.
  • Part 9 – Njáll refuses the opportunity to leave the house and instead decides to go to sleep.
  • Part 10 – The others try to flee, but most fail. The house burns down.
  • Discussion



This is a retelling of chapters 94–130, the common printed version of Brennu-Njáls saga is 159 chapters in total. Several elements of the story are omitted for simplicity's sake.