The history of the Norwegian kings is transmitted in different redactions, mainly by Icelandic authors. By far the most famous one, with the modern name 'Heimskringla', is traditionally attributed to the Icelandic aristocrat and politician Snorri Sturluson (1179-1241). It goes from mythical times down to 1177. THe opening shows the end of the saga of King Magnus berfoettr (1073-103). The beautiful manuscript, which was written in Iceland in the first quarter of the 13th century and exported to Norway shortly thereafter, is named after its first Danish owner, the nobleman Otto Friis, who got it from Norway. It concludes with the saga of the Norwegian king Hakon Hakonarson (1217-1263).