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The Saga of King Hrolf Kraki (Penguin Classics)

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ISBN13: 9780140435931
ISBN10: 014043593x
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Composed in medieval Iceland, Hrolf’s Saga recalls ancient Scandinavia of the Migration Period, when the warrior chieftain King Hrolf ruled in Denmark.

In the Viking World, King Hrolf served as a symbol of courage. Sharing rich oral traditions with the Anglo-Saxon epic Beowulf, Hrolf’s Saga recounts the tragedy of strife within Denmark’s royal hall. It tells of powerful women and the exploits of Hrolf’s famous champions – including Bodvar Bjarki, the ‘bear-warrior’, who strikingly resembles Beowulf. Combining heroic legend, myth and magic, Hrolf’s Saga is full of wizards, sorceresses, and ‘beserker’ fighters, originally members of the cult of Odin. Most startling is the central love triangle: Hrolf’s father, a man of insatiable appetites, unknowingly abducts his daughter, who later marries the despised sorcerer King Adils of Sweden.

A powerful human drama with deep historical roots, extraordinary events and fierce battle scenes, Hrolf’s Saga ranks among the masterworks of the Middle Ages.

Synopsis:

Drawing on a rich oral tradition, this work describes both the tangled, often treacherous relations within three generations of the royal family and the exploits of Hrolf's famous champions.

Synopsis:

Written by an anonymous author in fourteenth-century Iceland, The Saga of King Hrolf Kraki is built on almost a thousand years of oral traditions, many of which are related to the Anglo-Saxon epic Beowulf. It recounts the tragedy and strife within Denmark's royal hall during the migration period (fifth and sixth centuries A.D.). Filled with extraordinary events and fierce battle scenes, powerful women, wizards, sorceresses, and "beserker" fighters — originally members of a cult of Odin — The Saga of King Hrolf Kraki combines legend, myth, and magic in a powerful epic of the heroic past.

About the Author

Jesse Byock is a professor of Icelandic and Old Norse studies at UCLA. He is the translator of The Saga of the Volsungs and The Saga of King Hrolf Kraki for Penguin Classics.

Jesse Byock is a professor of Icelandic and Old Norse studies at UCLA. He is the translator of The Saga of the Volsungs and The Saga of King Hrolf Kraki for Penguin Classics.

Table of Contents

Translated with an Introduction by Jesse L. Byock

Introduction

The Sagas of Ancient Times and Heroic Lays

Skjold and the Skjoldung Dynasty: The Legendary Past

Archaeology and the Legendary Hleidargard

The Saga of King Hrolf Kraki and Beowulf

Beowulf and Bodvar Bjarki: The Bear Warriors

Berserkers

Myth in the Saga

Christian Influence

Map: The World of The Saga of King Hrolf Kraki

Note on the Translation

The Saga

1. King Frodi Kills His Brother King Halfdan

2. The Search

3. The Boys Helgi and Hroar Revealed

4. The Death of King Frodi

5. King Helgi Rules Denmark and King Hroar Marries

6. King Helgi Attempts to Marry Queen Olof

7. King Helgi's Vengeance: The Girl Yrsa; The Ring

8. Jarl Hrok Claims King Hroar's Ring

9. Vengeance and King Hroar's Son Agnar

10. King Helgi and Queen Yrsa

11. The Elfin Woman and the Birth of Skuld

12. King Adils and King Helgi Meet

13. King Adils' Pride and Queen Yrsa's Displeasure

14. Svipdag and the Berserkers

15. Svipdag and His Brothers Join King Hrolf's Men

16. King Hrolf Tricks King Hjorvard

17. King Hring of Norway Marries Hvit

18. The Love of Bera and Bjorn

19. Bjorn Rejects Queen Hvit's Advances: The Curse

20. Bjorn's Transformation into a Bear and the Birth of Bodvar

21. Thorir Becomes King of the Gauts

22. Bodvar's Vengeance

23. Bodvar and His Brothers

24. King Hrolf's Champions

25. Bodvar Encourages King Hrolf to Recover His Inheritance

26. Three Strange Nights with Hrani

27. King Adils' Deceitful Welcome

28. King Adils Attempts to Defeat King Hrolf

29. Queen Yrsa Gives King Hrolf His Inheritance and More

30. King Adils is Conquered by Gold and King Hrolf Angers Hrani

31. Queen Skuld Incites King Hjorvard

32. Queen Skuld Attacks King Hrolf at Yule

33. The Great Battle

34. The Death of King Hrolf Kraki

Notes

Genealogical Tables: The Family of King Hrolf Kraki; The Family of Bodvar Bjarki; The Family of Svipdag

Equivalent Characters in Old Norse, Old English and Latin Accounts of King Hrolf Kraki

Glossary of Proper Names

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Lea Anna, January 7, 2012 (view all comments by Lea Anna)
This is honestly one of my favorite books. When I read it for an undergrad class I couldn't put it down. These stories that were passed down are very inventive and compelling. People often look at me sideways when I say I love this book and explain that it's basically Icelandic folklore, but I honestly do.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780140435931
Translator:
Byock, Jesse L.
Introduction:
Byock, Jesse L.
Translator:
Byock, Jesse L.
Introduction by:
Byock, Jesse L.
Introduction:
Byock, Jesse L.
Author:
Anonymous
Author:
Byock, Jesse L.
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
Harmondsworth, England :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Sagas
Subject:
European - German
Subject:
Old Norse literature
Subject:
Sagas -- Translations into English.
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series:
Penguin Classics
Publication Date:
19990231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English.
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
7.77x5.08x.36 in. .26 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by , Drawing on a rich oral tradition, this work describes both the tangled, often treacherous relations within three generations of the royal family and the exploits of Hrolf's famous champions.
"Synopsis" by , Written by an anonymous author in fourteenth-century Iceland, The Saga of King Hrolf Kraki is built on almost a thousand years of oral traditions, many of which are related to the Anglo-Saxon epic Beowulf. It recounts the tragedy and strife within Denmark's royal hall during the migration period (fifth and sixth centuries A.D.). Filled with extraordinary events and fierce battle scenes, powerful women, wizards, sorceresses, and "beserker" fighters — originally members of a cult of Odin — The Saga of King Hrolf Kraki combines legend, myth, and magic in a powerful epic of the heroic past.

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