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Finnboga saga ramma (About this soundlisten ) (The Saga of Finnbogi the Strong) is an Icelandic saga that recounts the life of Finnbogi rammi. The story takes place in Flateyjardalur in Suður-Þingeyjarsýsla and in other places in Iceland, as well as in Norway. The events supposedly took place in the 10th century. Finnbogi rammi is mentioned in Landnámabók, and Íslendingadrápa.[1]

The saga was likely composed in the fourteenth century, making is one of the younger, "postclassical" sagas".[1] Margrét Eggertsdóttir summaries the saga thus:

Finnboga saga ramma is not one the better-crafted Íslendingasögur. Characterization is flat, and the plot little more than a repetitious series of episodes designed to present the hero in a favorable light. The narrative is nevertheless lively and makes good reading.[1]

A feud in the saga also features in Vatnsdœla saga. Óslen proposed that Finnboga saga ramma was written to present a better version of Finnbogi than that in Vatnsdœla saga.[2] However, van Hamel suggests that the two sagas record different versions of the same incident.[3]

The saga is preserved in two main versions in the vellum manuscripts Möðruvallabók and Tómasarbók as well as a number of seventeenth century paper manuscripts derived from these.[1]

Guðmundr Bergþórsson wrote rímur based on the story in 1686 and there is a Faroese ballad based on the saga or a common source.[1]




The website records 41 manuscripts containing Finnboga saga ramma.[4]


  • Gering, Hugo (1879). Finnboga saga hins ramma. Halle: Niemeyer.
  • Halldórsson, Jóhannes (1959). Kjalnesinga saga. Íslenzk Fornrit 14. Reykjavík: Hið Íslenzka Fornritafélag.
  • Modern Icelandic edition[5]


  • Bachman, W. Bryant; Erlingsson, Guðmundur (1990). The Saga of Finnbogi the Strong. Lanham, MD: University Press of America. ISBN 978-0819175946. OCLC 20217973.
  • Klapouchy, Robert J. (1974). The Saga of Finnbogi the Strong: A Translation from the Old Norse with an afterword. University of Wisconsin–Madison (M.A. thesis). OCLC 609053741.


  1. ^ a b c d e Eggertsdóttir, Margrét (1993). "Finnboga saga ramma". In Pulsiano, Phillip; Wolf, Kirsten (eds.). Medieval Scandinavia: An Encyclopedia. New York: Garland. p. 194. ISBN 978-0824047870.
  2. ^ Ólsen, Björn M. (1937–1939). "Um Íslendingasögur: Kaflar úr háskólafyrirlestrum". In Blöndal, Sigfús; Sveinsson, Einar Ól. (eds.). Safn til sögu Íslands. Reykjavík: Hið Íslenzka bókmentafélag. pp. 336–348.
  3. ^ Van Hamel, A. G. (1934). "Vatnsdœlasaga and Finnbogasaga". The Journal of English and Germanic Philology. 33 (1): 1–22. ISSN 0363-6941. JSTOR 27703857.
  4. ^ "Manuscript Listing |". Retrieved 2019-04-08.
  5. ^ "Finnboga saga ramma". Retrieved 2019-04-08.

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