Norse Sagas

The word “saga”, probably mean “What is told”. In Viking times the spoken word was more important than writing. Their laws, religion, customs and history was passed down from generation to generation by word of mouth. Writing was limited to the use of runes carved on bone, wood, stone or metal.

Many stories were written down at the end of the Viking age around 1200. These are known as the sagas. Some of these are difficult to believe and have probably been exaggerated over the generations. Much of what we know about Vikings, especially their royalty, comes from Sagas. They contain heroic stories of Viking gods, kings and noblemen.