Characters Discussed (Cyclopedia of Literary Characters, Revised Third Edition)
Grettir the Strong
Grettir the Strong, a folk hero of Iceland. Outlawed at fourteen after killing a man, he goes to Norway, where he routs a party of berserk raiders. Acclaimed as a hero, he becomes increasingly involved in murderous feuds, particularly after his return to Iceland. At last, able to trust no one because of the price on his head yet tormented by a growing fear of the dark that makes it impossible for him to live alone, he settles with a brother and a servant on an island accessible only by rope ladders. Several years later, he is overcome by witchcraft and killed.
Onund, his ancestor, a Viking who fled Norway to escape injustice and settled in Iceland.
Aesa, the wife of Onund.
Ofeig, the father of Aesa.
Thrand, a great hero who accompanied Onund to Iceland.
Asmund Longhair, the father of Grettir. During Grettir’s youth, father and son quarreled constantly.
Skeggi, whom Grettir kills in the course of a quarrel. Thus begins Grettir’s long outlawry.
Thorfinn, a Norwegian landman with whom Grettir makes a home after being shipwrecked.
Ogmund, the leaders of a band of raiders who...
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