Songs of the Frontier Warriors

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Robert Elsie, Janice Mathie-Heck
Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers, 2004 - 414 pages
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The Epics of Gilgamesh, Homer, Vergil, Shahnameh, are sources of our knowledge of religious beliefs. This epic is a welcome introduction to the spiritual world of the Albanians as they fought the crusades. The "Songs of the Frontier Warrior is the first English-language translation ever made of Albanian epic verse. As the product of a little-known culture and a difficult, rarely studied language, the Albanian epic has tended to remain in the shadow of the Serbo-Croatian, or more properly, Bosnian epic, with which it has undeniable affinities. This translation may thus be regarded as an initial attempt to rectify the imbalance and to give scholars and the reading public in general an opportunity to delve into the exotic world of the northern Albanian tribes. The present bilingual edition offers a broad selection of the best known songs. Also included are an introduction, a glossaries of terms and sources, and a selective bibliography.
 

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Contents

Mujos strength
3
The marriage of Gjeto Basho Mujo
11
Mujos oras
31
Mujo visits the Sultan
49
The marriage of Halili
55
GjergjElezAlia
91
Mujo and Behuri
103
Mujos courser
131
Mujos wife is kidnapped
257
Mujo and Jevrenija
281
Halili avenges Mujo
291
Omer son of Mujo
313
The death of Omer
329
Ajkuna mourns Omer
341
The death of Halili
347
Mujo wounded
355

Young Omeri
155
ZukuBajraktar
171
Arnaut Osmani and Hyso Radoica
189
Ali Bajraktari or the word of honour
211
Arnaut Osmani
231
Zuku captures Rusha
243
After Mujos death
361
Glossary of terms personal names and place names
367
Sources
375
Bibliography
380
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