Interesting article on the sagas here:http://www.ancient-origins.net/history/sagas-icelanders-shed-light-golden-age-002737#ixzz3nPaKbYx2
"The stories are male-driven, as the honour-bound battles and ambitious journeys are at the heart of Viking adventures; Exploring basic human values and beliefs in relation to the prominent struggles and conflicts of the ninth to 11th centuries. Freedom, honour, love, and exile are only a few of the many themes discussed in the form of these literary treasures, interwoven with the religious dissonance and grand-scale exoduses of the day.
However, although male-centric, the sagas nonetheless explicitly implicate women as influencing factors in many situations. Clever and beautiful women often are noted to have some impact on the state of affairs, whether convincing a man to go to war in her name or being the apple of two men's eyes who thereby decide to settle their disagreement in bloodshed. Women instigate and end feuds as often as men in these sagas. Furthermore, women are considered equally strong individuals of Viking culture in their own right, responsible for the house and farms when their men are away, and charged with properly marrying off their children in such absences. Gender roles were clearly defined in Norse society, however women were valued highly in the Viking world, compared to other cultures of that era, and thereby influenced the sagas as much for the better as for the worst."