Onund Tree-Foot (in Grettir’s Saga)


Onund Tree-Foot (semi-legendary Norwegian Viking and Icelandic settler said to live in the 9th century)

“Many would-be warriors
mouth off but fail to think.
Your type sadly lacks practice
in fighting it out to the end.”

  • Quote spoken by the character, Onund Tree-Foot, in chapter 4 of the anonymously written Grettir’s Saga (c. 14th century), translated by Jesse Byock (Oxford World’s Classics, 2009).

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