Articles:Brennu-Njáls saga/Höskuldur og brennan
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.
- The original text of Brennu-Njáls saga with modern Icelandic spelling
- A 19th century English translation of Brennu-Njáls saga – It's not recommended that you read this version all the way through, although it can be good to have a look at some of it. The translation is quite old and difficult to understand.
- A shortened version of Brennu-Njáls saga retold in modern English (physical book, price: 1,600 kr) – Highly recommended.
- A shortened version of Brennu-Njáls saga retold in Icelandic – This is a version for Icelandic middle school students. The language is not simplified, and requires a C2 level to understand.
- An example of what reading the original text of the manuscripts is like – The old sagas were preserved on old manuscripts. Starting on page 67 you can see what the original text looks like, it looks completely illegible due to the old Latin glyphs and the amount of shorthand used. On page 87 you can see the original text without the shorthand.
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.