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class of Icelandic sagas dealing with the ancient myths and hero legends of Germania, with the adventures of Vikings, or with other exotic adventures in foreign lands. These stories take place on the European continent before the settlement of Iceland. Though the existing fornaldarsogur were written in 1250-1350, after the Icelanders' family sagas (written 1200-20), they are thought to be of earlier oral composition. Despite their fantastic content, they are written in the terse, objective style of the family sagas.

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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