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This paper reviews major events in the myth "Grettir the Strong" further showing how they were the result of Grettir's character. According to the paper, there were five significant events that depicted Grettir's life. The paper cites these events and describes each at length. The paper further notes that through these five episodes it is easy to see that Grettir lived his life in isolation and was forced to constantly fight off misfortune. Despite being damned by evil spirits and outlawed by his countrymen, he still managed to trudge along. The paper discusses Grettir as being repulsive, rude, carless and short tempered which undoubtedly led to his demise. The paper concludes by stating that although Grettir had many undesirable traits, he was still wise and heroic.
From the Paper:"A little while later Grettir and Thorkel (Asmund's Kinsmen and godi of the region) took off for the Althing. All went well, until everyone went to sleep, leaving their horses to roam. The following day Grettir found his horse, but his saddle had moved under the horses belly and his food bag was missing. He then set off to look for the bag; in doing so he saw another man who was named Skeggi that had the same misfortunate event happen. They then set off to look for their food bags together. Skeggi was first to find a food bag, which Grettir believed to be his. Some scornful words passed between the two which ended up in a fight. Skeggi struck at Grettir with an axe, but Grettir being stronger, grabbed the axe by the handle and ended up slicing through Skeggi's skull. This was Grettir's first killing, which led him into his first sentence of outlawry."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Anonymous, and Ornolfur Thorsson. The Saga of Grettir the Strong (Penguin Classics). New York: Penguin Classics, 2005.
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"Grettir The Strong" - An Analysis (2012, March 28) Retrieved April 22, 2021, from https://www.academon.com/book-review/grettir-the-strong-an-analysis-150635/
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