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The Laxdæla saga, the saga of the inhabitants of Laxárdalr (‘Salmon River Valley’), is a literary work of the 13th century. It stands on an equal footing with other great sagas such as the Njáls saga, the Grettis saga or the Egils saga, and represents a high point of Icelandic storytelling in the Middle Ages.
It is the first family chronicle that has been deliberately worked out into a literary work. The Laxdæla saga is one of the longest and most complex of the Icelandic sagas. It deals with events that affect two of the most influential families on Hvammsfjörður in the 9th century to the 11th century, and which span seven generations.