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Snorri Sturluson

Iceland's most versatile literary genius, Snorri Sturluson (1179-1241) was born in western Iceland, the son of a great chieftain. Early in his career, he won a reputation at home and in Norway for his poetic talents. Later he traveled to Norway and wrote about the lives of the kings: "Heimskringla Saga, Egil's Saga, "and "Saint Olaf's Saga, "a work unsurpassed in Icelandic prose.