Literature Reading List

Historical Fiction

  • Sigrid Undset
  • Dorothy Dunnett
    • King Hereafter
  • Jane Smiley
    • Greenlanders
  • Rosalind Laker
  • Heather Day Gilbert
    • God’s Daughter
  • William T. Vollman
    • The Ice-Shirt
  • Annemarie Selinko
    • Désirée
  • Henrik Ibsen
    • The Vikings of Helgeland (play)
  • Stuart W. Mirksy
    • The King of Vinland’s Saga

Historical Fantasy

  • Juliet Marillier
    • Wolfskin
    • Foxmask
  • Kerstin Ekman
    • The Forest of Hours

Sagas and Tales

  • Njal’s Saga (two translations: R. Cook; M. Magnusson & H. Pálsson)
  • Sagas of the Icelanders: A Selection (Intro. By Robert Kellogg)
  • Grettir’s Saga (trans. Jesse Byock)
  • Eyrbyggja Saga (trans. by H. Pálsson & P. Edwards)
  • Orkneyinga Saga (trans. H. Pálsson & P. Edwards)
  • Saga of the Jómsvíkings (trans. by Lee Hollander)
  • Heimskringla by Snorre Sturlason (trans. E. Monsen)
  • Vinland Sagas (trans. Keneva Kunz)
  • Kristni Saga
  • Comic Sagas and Tales from Iceland (Penguin)
  • Norwegian Folk Tales (Selected from Peter Christian Asbjörnsen & Jörgen Moe)
  • East of the Sun and West of the Moon (illus. by Kay Nielsen)
  • Complete Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen
  • Annotated Hans Christian Andersen (edited by Maria Tatar)
  • Peer Gynt by Henrik Ibsen (based on fairy tale by Gudsbrandsdal)

Mythology and Epic

  • Edda by Snorri Sturluson [the Prose Edda]
  • Poetic Edda: The Mythological Poems (trans. Henry Adams Bellows)
  • Poetic Edda: The Heroic Poems (trans. by Henry Adams Bellows)
  • Song of the Vikings by Nancy Marie Brown
  • Bloodhoof by Gerður Kristný (trans. by Rory McTurk)
  • Myths of the Norsemen by Helene A. Guerber
  • The Norse Myths by Kevin Crossley-Holland
  • Gods and Myths of Northern Europe by H. R. (Hilda) Ellis Davidson
  • Popular Tales from Norse Mythology by George Webbe Dasent
  • Icelandic Folk Legends by Alma Sigmundsdóttir
  • Kalevala by Elias Lönnrot (trans. by Francis Magoun)
  • Beowulf (trans. by J. R. R. Tolkien; ed. by Christopher Tolkien)
  • Beowulf (trans. by Seaumus Heaney)
  • The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún by J. R. R. Tolkien (ed. by Christopher Tolkien)
  • Traditional Epics: A Literary Companion by Guida M. Jackson

 Modern Storytellers

  • Halldór Laxness
  • Selma Lagerlöf
    • Saga of Gösta Berling
  • Isak Dinesen
  • Linda Olsson
    • Astrid and Veronika
  • Jonas Jonasson
    • The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden
    • The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared
  • Kerstin Ekman
    • God’s Mercy
  • John Ajvide Lindqvist
    • Harbour
  • Christina Sunley
    • The Tricking of Freya
  • Sofi Oksanen
    • Purge
    • When the Doves Disappeared

 Mystery and Crime Fiction (Nordic Noir)

  • Peter Høeg
    • Smilla’s Sense of Snow
  • Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö
  • Kerstin Ekman
  • Henning Mankell
    • Faceless Killers
    • The Dogs of Riga
  • Stieg Larsson
    • The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
    • The Girl Who Played With Fire
    • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  • Arnaldur Indriðason
    • Jar City
  • Yrsa Sigurdardóttir
    • Last Rituals
    • My Soul to Take
    • Ashes to Dust
    • The Day is Dark
    • I Remember You
  • Karin Fossum
    • Don’t Look Back
    • Into the Darkness
  • Jo Nesbø
    • The Redbreast
  • Helene Tursten
    • Detective Inspector Huss


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