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Gwyn Jones (1907–1999)

Autor/a de A History of the Vikings

32+ obres 2,368 Membres 20 Ressenyes 1 preferits

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Obres de Gwyn Jones

A History of the Vikings (1968) 1,520 exemplars
Eirik The Red and Other Icelandic Sagas (1961) — Traductor — 364 exemplars
Oxford Book of Welsh Verse in English (1977) — Editor — 44 exemplars
Kings, Beasts and Heroes. (1972) 29 exemplars
A Prospect of Wales (1948) 21 exemplars
Tales from Wales (2001) — Editor — 21 exemplars
Welsh Short Stories (1937) — Col·laborador — 17 exemplars
The Vatnsdalers' Saga (1973) 6 exemplars
Selected short stories (1974) 4 exemplars

Obres associades

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (1380) — Traductor, algunes edicions8,462 exemplars
The Mabinogion (1300) — Traductor, algunes edicions4,488 exemplars
The History of the Kings of Britain (1138)algunes edicions2,648 exemplars
Arthurian Chronicles (1912) — Introducció, algunes edicions177 exemplars
The Penguin Book of Welsh Short Stories (1976) — Col·laborador — 98 exemplars
A Golden Land (1958) — Col·laborador — 41 exemplars
Stories for the Dead of Night (1957) — Col·laborador — 27 exemplars
A Second Storyteller's Choice (1965) — Col·laborador — 12 exemplars
Giants! Giants! Giants! (1980) — Col·laborador — 6 exemplars
Life and letters today, March 1940 (1940) — Reviewer — 2 exemplars
Little reviews anthology — Col·laborador, algunes edicions1 exemplars
Argosy (UK) [Vol. IV No. 5, June 1943] — Col·laborador — 1 exemplars
Fferm a thyddyn, rhif 21, Calan Mai 1998 (1998) — Col·laborador — 1 exemplars

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Se trata de un buen libro de visión general sobre lo que fue la historia de los vikingos, normandos o varegos, que de los tres modos se denominaron según la zona del extenso territorio por el que diseminaron sus correrías a lo largo de la Edad Media. Por lo que a lo más interesante para mí toca, se obvia su aventura ibérica, ya que la península les quedó vedada para poco más que el pillaje a escape, después de la batalla de Tablada (11 de noviembre de 844), que ni se cita en el libro. Decepciona un poco en este punto. Sin que se pueda negar el gran papel aglutinador que tuvieron en su tiempo, ni el terror que despertaban sus "raids", este episodio evidencia la gran leyenda que hay en torno los vikingos, la cual se reduce más todavía si se tiene en cuenta que el único rey que les opuso resistencia mediante una armada organizada en el Atlántico, el sajón Alfredo el Grande, consiguió salir con éxito en la empresa, y que tampoco lograban internarse en el Mediterráneo más allá de las puertas de Italia, donde empezaban a verse las galeras de Bizancio patrullando las aguas. De hecho, a Constantinopla llegaron por tierra (907), cruzando a lo largo de toda Rusia, y aun tardaron casi treinta años después de haber establecido una capital en Kiev.… (més)
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Eucalafio | Hi ha 14 ressenyes més | Nov 14, 2020 |
Some of the sagas in this collection really wouldn't have been out of place in Tolkein's [b:Unfinished Tales|797114|Unfinished Tales|J.R.R. Tolkien|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1207407366s/797114.jpg|2961645]. They read very much like rough early drafts of tales from Middle Earth.

The first few sagas drag somewhat. They mostly consist of vast genealogies (though apparently the translator Gwyn Jones removed some of the extraneous family-tree parts) and then a drawn out blood feud wherein two families will take it in turns avenging some crime that has long since been forgotten.

Amongst these is Eirik the Red, a saga famous for recording the settling of Greenland and an Icelandic expedition to North America; it's also a pretty good read.

The best saga is saved till last. King Hrolf and his Champions is by far the longest tale in the collection — albeit still only a hundred pages or so. But this is ample time to actually get involved in the story and allow it to build to a fine climax. The final battle in this saga that closes the book is both suitably epic in scale and surprisingly moving. A fine book overall.
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imlee | Hi ha 1 ressenya més | Jul 7, 2020 |
Some of the sagas in this collection really wouldn't have been out of place in Tolkein's [b:Unfinished Tales|797114|Unfinished Tales|J.R.R. Tolkien|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1207407366s/797114.jpg|2961645]. They read very much like rough early drafts of tales from Middle Earth.

The first few sagas drag somewhat. They mostly consist of vast genealogies (though apparently the translator Gwyn Jones removed some of the extraneous family-tree parts) and then a drawn out blood feud wherein two families will take it in turns avenging some crime that has long since been forgotten.

Amongst these is Eirik the Red, a saga famous for recording the settling of Greenland and an Icelandic expedition to North America; it's also a pretty good read.

The best saga is saved till last. King Hrolf and his Champions is by far the longest tale in the collection — albeit still only a hundred pages or so. But this is ample time to actually get involved in the story and allow it to build to a fine climax. The final battle in this saga that closes the book is both suitably epic in scale and surprisingly moving. A fine book overall.
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leezeebee | Hi ha 1 ressenya més | Jul 6, 2020 |
This review of 'The Norse Atlantic Saga' I composed first for my own benefit and then showed it to the reviewers of Booklikes; and according as it pleased me and them to have it be in this way, I wrote in the same manner as Gwyn Jones who did attempt to write in the manner of the Norsemen and their sagas.
A history of the Norse men and their deeds requires a good writer to put those deeds to paper and a good translator of tongues to change the tongue of the Norse man into the modern speech of the English. Gwyn Jones, a man of Monmouthshire in Wales, did this thing by virtue of keeping the tone and syntax of the former tongue even after translating the words. To these ears what was intended as due tribute instead rings of mockery.

This writer, by which I mean myself, became interested in the sagas of the Norsemen after reading the long tale called 'The Greenlanders' written down by Jane Smiley, a learned woman of high regard in letters, which also recalled the language of the sagas of the Norsemen. Jane Smiley knew when to have enough of a good thing without spoiling the whole.

The book is divided into two parts, the first being abbreviated tellings of the history of the discovery and settling of Iceland and Greenland, the journeys to Markland and Vinland and some of the events that led to and followed these events. The second part is made up of several sagas including "The Book of the Icelanders", "The Book of the Settlements", "The Greenlander’s Saga", "Eirek the Red’s Saga" and the brief "Karlsefni’s Voyage to Vinland" as related in the Hauksbók telling and "The Story of Einar Sokkason". Photographs and illustrations are generously spaced through the book.

It was a pleasant happening to discover the presence of women in these histories and sagas. The limited role of Wealhþēow and others in the old verse 'Beowulf' led me to expect little insight into their actions apart from that of being good wives and mothers or possibly seers and witches. It was good to read of Aud the Deep-minded and Freydís Eiríksdóttir who were women as fully talked of as much as men, devout and brave, wise and treacherous. Women may not have had the lawful equality of men but they are not mere decorations for the halls of their fathers and husbands in these histories.

It is a good history and the stories are rich, but the slow weighty words of Gwyn Jones do not leave me satisfied. There must be better out there and the word must get around to read this text only if there is nothing else about.

And that is the end of this review.
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ManWithAnAgenda | Feb 18, 2019 |

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13
Membres
2,368
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Valoració
3.8
Ressenyes
20
ISBN
46
Llengües
2
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1

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