Characters Discussed (Cyclopedia of Literary Characters, Revised Third Edition)
Njal, a man of law. His sons kill his foster son. In the resulting feud, his house is burned. Njal and his wife and sons die.
Bergthora, Njal’s wife. When the other women leave the house before it is burned, she stays behind and dies with her husband.
Gunnar Hamondsson, Njal’s friend. After Gunnar’s first manslaying, Njal predicts truly that Gunnar will be killed if he slays another man in the same family.
Kolskegg Hamondsson, Gunnar’s brother.
Hallgerda, Hauskuld Heriolfsson’s daughter and a hard-hearted woman. Her third marriage is to Gunnar. There is much conflict between her and Bergthora, but the husbands remain friends.
Hauskuld Thrainsson, the foster son of Njal, who gets him a priesthood so that Hildigunna will consent to be his wife. Hauskuld Thrainsson is killed by Njal’s sons.
Mord Valgardsson, who sows discord between Hauskuld Thrainsson and Njal’s sons.
Hildigunna, the daughter of Flosi and the wife of Hauskuld Thrainsson.
Flosi Thordsson, Hildigunna’s father and Njal’s enemy. After his son-in-law’s death, he attacks Njal’s house and burns it....
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