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Modern Icelandic Plays Eyvind of the Hills; The Hraun Farm   By: (1880-1919)

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Modern Icelandic Plays is a collection of two captivating dramas written by Jóhann Sigurjónsson, Eyvind of the Hills and The Hraun Farm. Both plays offer readers a glimpse into the intriguing world of Icelandic culture, exploring themes of love, hardship, and the harsh realities of rural life.

Eyvind of the Hills takes us on a journey through the untamed Icelandic highlands, where Eyvind, the protagonist, struggles to find his place in the world. The play delves into the complexities of Eyvind's relationships, particularly with his wife Halla, as they face the challenges of a harsh environment and societal expectations. Sigurjónsson skillfully combines elements of nature and the human psyche, evoking a sense of both beauty and melancholy.

In contrast, The Hraun Farm is a tale of tragedy and desperation centered around the Jonsson family. The play explores the consequences of greed and the exploitation of others, with characters driven to extremes in their pursuit of wealth and power. Through well-crafted dialogues and intense emotional moments, Sigurjónsson masterfully encapsulates the dynamics between the characters, leaving readers both horrified and fascinated by their actions.

What sets these plays apart is Sigurjónsson's ability to transport readers to the Icelandic countryside, immersing them in the atmospheric and desolate landscapes. His vivid descriptions paint a vivid picture of the harsh beauty of the Icelandic terrain, while also highlighting the struggles faced by its inhabitants. The language used by the author is evocative and lyrical, adding depth and richness to the overall reading experience.

Furthermore, the complex characters created by Sigurjónsson are distinct and relatable, each with their flaws and virtues. They elicit a range of emotions from readers, making them invested in the outcome of their stories. The author's exploration of human nature and the universal themes of love, betrayal, and sacrifice make these plays not only a reflection of Icelandic society but also a commentary on the frailties and strengths of humanity as a whole.

Although these plays were originally written in the early 20th century, their themes and messages remain relevant today. The translation by Nicholas Usher maintains the integrity of Sigurjónsson's work, allowing readers to fully engage with the powerful narratives and the realities faced by the characters.

In conclusion, Modern Icelandic Plays is a compelling collection that offers a profound exploration of Icelandic society, culture, and human nature. Sigurjónsson's masterful storytelling, rich language, and evocative descriptions make these plays a must-read for anyone interested in Icelandic literature or simply looking for thought-provoking and moving theatrical works.

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Eyvind of the Hills The Hraun Farm



Translated by Henninge Krohn Schanche

New York The American Scandinavian Foundation London: Humphrey Milford Oxford University Press 1916

Copyright, 1916, by The American Scandinavian Foundation All Stage Rights reserved by Henninge Krohn Schanche

D. B. Updike · The Merrymount Press · Boston · U.S.A.





This series of SCANDINAVIAN CLASSICS is published by The American Scandinavian Foundation in the belief that greater familiarity with the chief literary monuments of the North will help Americans to a better understanding of Scandinavians, and thus serve to stimulate their sympathetic cooperation to good ends.

[Illustration: (AMERICAN SCANDINAVIAN FOUNDATION) Established by Niels Poulson]


Introduction vii Eyvind Of The Hills 1 The Hraun Farm 81


Both volumes of the SCANDINAVIAN CLASSICS selected to appear in 1916 are by natives of Iceland... Continue reading book >>

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