Sæl, Ég er ekki viss um hvort ég hafi þýtt þetta orð rétt: In English, if I said that a narrative was sparse, I would mean that it is low on detail/embellishment. The Icelandic Sagas have a very sparse narrative style, for example. But somebody asked me what sparse meant and I said at that point that it was the opposite of dense, which maybe wasn't exactly what I meant by it in this sentence but in general stands. This person then said that knappur would mean dense, not sparse. If I said that a narrative was dense, I would mean that it was heavy-going, somewhat difficult to read, wordy, lots of details. Charles Dickens usually wrote rather dense prose, like Victorian literature in general. You know what I mean. The confusion arises from the fact that I've seen in dictionaries both the words tight and scant, which in this context I feel would mean different things. Basically the opposite in fact. In the context of talking about a book, what does knappur mean?