Njal Thorgeirsson (Njal’s Saga)

Njal’s Saga (written anonymously in the 13th century)

“It’s not breaking a settlement…if a man deals lawfully with another—with law our land shall rise, but it will perish with lawlessness.”

  • This quote, from the largely fictionalized Njal’s Saga (chapter 70), was attributed to the historical figure Njal Thorgeirsson (d. 1010). The translation edition used here is by Robert Cook (Penguin Classics, 1997, 2001).

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