An Icelandic saga following the journey of the poet Gunnlaug as he travels around 10th Century Europe, hoping to return home in time to marry his betrothed, Helga the Fair.
A very good introduction to the Icelandic sagas and Norse Mythology of the time. Not being familiar with this kind of work, I cannot say how similar it is. I will say, however, that it is terribly written, though I assume that is the style of them all. There is no flow to the saga; instead it happens in short, sharp sentences. Whilst this gives it paces, there are too many times when people's family trees are listed off without much gumption. I realise this is the way of sagas, and the appeal is less the writing but the historical benefit and world building prowess, but sadly I do not think Icelandic or Norse sagas are for me.
What I did enjoy, however, was the visits to England as that kind of history will always excite me. I also could see the clear influence this kind of story had on Tolkien.