OBJECTIVE ranking of Scandi literature

1. Iceland
2. Norway
3. Denmark
4. Finland
5. Sweden

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  1. 2 months ago
    Sage

    qrd on Icelandic lit? Country looks comfy but do they have chuds like Knut Hamsun writing based books?

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      It's mostly just murder mysteries, crime and modern fantasy

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      The Icelandic sagas are peak kino. Chuds are not welcome here.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Icelandic sagas are just all chuds. You should read svarfdælasaga and see what Karl Karlsson does to the woman who caused the death of his father. Killing her is not an option since killing women was considered dishonorable, so he uses other means to make her life a living hell.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Halldor Laxness was a communist sympathizer. He's their Nobel Prize winner. Independent People is a very good anti-capitalist novel.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        So in other words what you´re saying is that he was a raging homosexual who contributed absolutetly nothing to human society. Did he know that he was sympathizing with a failed ideology filled with pseuds and other morons?

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          He contributed literary kino to world culture. Leave the anti-commie act for the boomers.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          Knut Hamsun strongly associated himself with the Nazis. National Socialism doens't seem like a very successful ideology to me. And Laxness distanced himself from the Soviet Union after the Hungarian Revolution. Shame that being anti-usury makes you a raging homosexual.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            >If you dont support my shit ideology you are pro usury.
            Get a load of this homosexual israelite.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            You called him a raging homosexual for writing anti-capitalist books. Hitler was an anti-capitalist you moronic homosexual. have a nice day.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            He didn't just disassociate from the soviet union. He became a full-blown catholic, lol.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            >National Socialism doens't seem like a very successful ideology to me
            they took a country from financial ruin to doing better than it ever had, in under 5 years, then gave them 12 years total of prosperity untill mistakes were made that had very little to do with national socialism and more to do with lead and russians.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        So in other words what you´re saying is that he was a raging homosexual who contributed absolutetly nothing to human society. Did he know that he was sympathizing with a failed ideology filled with pseuds and other morons?

        Another lesser known author actually wrote another novel in response to Laxness called People of the Valley. It's pretty simple to say that independant people is anti-capitalist since it is more akin to anti-rural life, which Laxness absolutely hated and there's no wonder he decided to move to the city like a bourgie the moment he could. He also saw the people living in rural iceland as basically backwards hicks. The difference is that Hulda, the author of Valley, lived in the countryside for her entire life and loved it.
        My fqvorite Laxness stpry is when his baby peed himself on him and his father-in-law laughed, saying, "good one, namesake!"

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gunnar_Gunnarsson
      They literally had their own Hamsun.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        > who wrote mainly in Danish
        Dropped

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        They actually have two, kinda. Guðmundur Kamban is one but he was a playwright and his connections to nazism are less certain since all he did was receive subsidies from the occupation forces in denmark to write some essay. For this, the danish resistance decided to shot him at a public restaurant in front of his wife and children when he denied being a collaborator.

  2. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Iceland only has their pagan poetry, which has survived to this day among their poets. It's kind of cheating since none of their poets from the past few hundred years is an equal to the best writers or poets of the rest of Scandinavia. They're really just hanging onto their golden age.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >Iceland only has their pagan poetry
      You're forgetting the sagas.
      >It's kind of cheating since none of their poets from the past few hundred years is an equal to the best writers or poets of the rest of Scandinavia.
      Halldór Laxness is better than most Swedish writers, for example.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        >You're forgetting the sagas.
        I meant anything related to or coming out of their myths.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          Well, you should've written that. Sagas aren't poetry.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            They have sections of poetry, they were written by poets...

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            Having parts of poetry doesn't make them poetry. They're prose fiction. Stop being insecure and combative just because I pointed out your mistake.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            No, you're a moron. No one in modern Iceland writes sagas, their poetry is the only thing that survives and as far as I know the only type of poetry they write in. Poetry is easily conceivable as a catch all term, you're a weirdly aggressive and most likely autistic person.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            Sagas aren't poetry, have you even read them, moron? You were WRONG and I was RIGHT. Take the L and move on.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            I said sagas can contain poetry, have YOU read them?

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            Nice damage control but you originally referred to them as "pagan poetry". That doesn't define them accurately.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            No, no, no, anon, you just said sagas aren't poetry, that's pretty clear damage control for what you just said a moment ago: sagas aren't poetry. At any rate, I was referring to the entire poetic world of Iceland. And since their poetry is the only surviving tradition, it's easily assumable that poetry meant their entire literature.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            > you just said sagas aren't poetry
            Correct, they aren’t, even if they contain bits of poetry. Same goes for all sorts of prose fiction that contains some poetry but it’s otherwise mostly prose.
            > And since their poetry is the only surviving tradition, it's easily assumable that poetry meant their entire literature.
            Now that’s some nice damage control lmao

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            I'm learning Old Norse atm and if I ever get anywhere with the language I hope to learn the other Scandinavian languages as well
            For Swedish I want to read Moomins and I will also watch the TV show with the Finno-Swedish dub
            For Norwegian I want to read Knut Hamsun and Ibsen, also Ringdrotten, the Nynorsk translation of Lord of the Rings

            Sagas are first and foremost prose stories which sometimes contain poetry and sometimes they don't
            Also I'm not sure what you mean by surviving tradition

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            Also I forgot
            I would want to read the Red Orm which Swedish anons have told me is great
            But then it depends on how easily it'd be to pick up modern Scandinavian languages
            Also apparently the nynorsk edition of Lord of the Rings is full of dialects and so I'd probably get filtered hard if I didn't dedicate myself to Norwegian which I don't want to do
            Has anyone here read Ringdrotten?

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            Norwegian is worth learning instead of Swedish. Richer literature

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >Iceland only has their pagan poetry
      You're forgetting the sagas.
      >It's kind of cheating since none of their poets from the past few hundred years is an equal to the best writers or poets of the rest of Scandinavia.
      Halldór Laxness is better than most Swedish writers, for example.

      Gunnar Gunnarson seems like he would be worth reading. Back in the day he was considered to be on-par with Laxness. It's hard to find his works in translation these days. The only Icelander to have met Hitler.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        It's more that a lot of people thought Gunnar should have gotten a posthumous nobel prize, not that that prize matters in any way. Advent is ok, but once you've read one icelandic realist story you've read them all.

  3. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    1. Norway
    2. Sweden
    3. Denmark
    4. Finland
    5. Iceland

    t. don't really have a clue but shit Black person Iceland is clearly not relevant beyond medieval stuff

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      That medieval stuff BTFOs Sweden's entire output, thoughbeit.

  4. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    why is Swedish lit so shit? Imagine being mogged in your own region lmao

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      You're underread

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Literally any other Scandi country mogs Sweden. Admit it, Sven.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Pär Lagerkvist and August Strindberg are certified kino tho

  5. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Norway
    Denmark
    Sweden
    Iceland

    This is the correct order. Iceland's output is impressive considering their size but they simply lack the volume to compete with the others. And I left out Finland because they're not part of Scandinavia.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      The sagas alone are better than Sweden’s entire output.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >Iceland
      >Part of Scandinavia

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Linguistically it is so I include it.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          Scandic mountain range is not a language group, it's a mountain range

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            Then Denmark isn't Scandinavian either.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            And then Finland would be. Scandinavia is often just used interchangeably to mean nordic countries. Scandinavia is just Sweden, Norway and Denmark but this too is a bit convoluted as Finland was part of Sweden when concept of Scandinavia was established.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            Nordic sounds like some pseudonazi BS. Scandinavian is a tricky term because the Scandinavian mountain range includes Finland but not Denmark. I guess I'll just call them the North Germanic languages.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            You do realize that Nordic countries is an actual thing?
            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nordic_countries
            Also Finnish is not germanic language.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            >You do realize that Nordic countries is an actual thing?
            Doesn't make it right. It comes from outdated French race theories from the 19th century and doesn't include Denmark and Finland.
            >Also Finnish is not germanic language.
            I'm aware.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            >pseudonazi BS
            >Uhh you can't just write a variation of the word "northern" because that gives me chud vibes, creep
            The reason you people are so funny is because you are too stupid to understand how ridiculous you look.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            It's a racial classification.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            Guess where Icelanders came from.

  6. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Which made Moomin? That one is the best.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Finland

  7. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Swedish literature towers above the rest. Just ask the Nobel prize committee.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      The Nobel prize committee was very honorable back then. Harry Martinson even committed hara-kiri with a pair of scissors when his Nobel prize win was questioned due to him being on the committee.

  8. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Alastalon salissa mogs any scandi shit book easily.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >alastalon salissa
      Dangerously based. Honorable mention for Sinuhe the Egyptian for the best historical novel of all time.

  9. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Guest The One-Eyed by Gunnarsson is a good story.

  10. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Norway
    Sweden
    Denmark
    Iceland
    Finland

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >Sweden second
      lol

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        it’s not because they’re good, the others just suck even more

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          Iceland mogs Sweden.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            Iceland has like one book post-Snorri

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            Iceland has the sagas. That alone BTFOs the Swedish output. By far the weakest of any of those countries. Mogged by Norway and Denmark too.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            You spent the whole day shrieking this in the exact same wording over and over. Go outside man.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            I will die on this hill. The sagas are a literary treasure on the same level as say, the Arthurian cycles. They're one of the best bodies of literature literature and Sweden has nothing similar. Have a nice day.

            >denmark
            o i am laffin

            Glad you agree Norway is non-controversially superior.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            Where to start with the sagas? Njål?

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            I recommend you read Hrafnkels saga, Bandamanna saga, Gunnlaugs saga or Króka-Refs saga
            They are all extremely streamlined compared to the majority of Sagas in that they're all focused on the plot
            Gislas saga is also great but it is slightly less streamlined

            Iceland has like one book post-Snorri

            That's not true, there are plenty of post-Snorri sagas

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            >denmark
            o i am laffin

  11. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Where does Canada fall?

  12. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Thoughts on Jón Kalman Stefánsson's works?

    Iceland seems like it'd be the perfect country for a literary person to live. I hear they give books as presents at Christmas and 1 in every ten person or so has written a novel of some kind. Icelandic girls also seem like they are pretty alpha which I kind of like

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >Thoughts on Jón Kalman Stefánsson's works?
      it's ok

  13. 2 months ago
    Anonymous
    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      I don't want to be rude but Söderberg feels second-rate (or even third-rate) at best. He is vastly inferior to other fin de siecle writers or Dostoevsky and you can't seriously pretend that he comes close to Ibsen and Hamsun from Norway or the Islandic sagas.

      Shill Stagnelius instead!

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        >dramatists and fricking Dostoevsky
        Can you name at least one prose author who writes in the same delicate mode as Söderberg? (Stagnelius is decent)

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          I am not a Swede, but my friend considers Strindberg's prose to be superior if I recally correctly, although I might have to ask him to make sure. Personally I was just not too impressed with Doktor Glas and consider it well-written but not "first-rate".

  14. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    1. Norway
    2. Iceland
    3. Sweden
    4. Finland
    5. Denmark

    I have no idea what was written in Denmark. Not a single author or work comes to mind.

  15. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Any good immersive books about sailor or farmers?

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Growth of the Soil

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        I am already planning to read him

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Kon-Tiki

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        I have fond memories of reading this at a summer cabin.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      "Den siste viking"

  16. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Where does Canada fall?

  17. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I wish I could visit Scandinavia but the plane tickets are expensive
    I'm going to end up learning three Scandinavian languages and never setting foot in the region

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Where do you live?

  18. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >Scandi literature
    Lol, lmao even. I think its a grammatical error to put those two words in a same sentence

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      why? are you the Iranian schizo who hates the Scandinavians?

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