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On the impersonal tone of the sagas

From P. Borges: “the word saga is related to sagen, to say, in German. They started out as oral and were later written down, but because they were originally oral , the narrator was forbidden to enter into the mind of the heroes. He could not… Say that a person hated or loved; this would be to intrude upon the… (more…)

icelandic alphabet pronunciation

a is similar to a in father. á like ow in down. e like e in bed. é like ye in yes. i like i in hid. o like aw in law ó like oh. u pronounce “i” with rounded lips. ú like o in who. y like i in hid. ý like ea in heat. æ like i in… (more…)