Composed in medieval Iceland, Hrolf’s Saga is one of the greatest of all mythic- legendary sagas, relating half-fantastical events that were said to have occurred . Hrolf Kraki’s Saga has ratings and 50 reviews. Lyn said: Poul Anderson has demonstrated his passion for Norse mythology in several of his works and t. The Saga of Hrolf Kraki (Hrólfs saga kraka) is a 13th century Icelandic Legendary Saga about the legendary Danish king Hrolf Kraki, who would have .

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Dark, sad and beautiful. Having returned to her kingdom, the queen bore a child, a girl which she named Yrsa after her dog.

Slaughter, slavery, robbery, rape, torture, heathen rites bloody or obscene, were parts of daily life Hrolf’s Saga and Beowulf share a further similarity. In Beowulf and Widsithmany of the same characters appear in their corresponding Old English forms: Who published it in hardcover? I zaga know what the publisher was thinking, inflicting that hideousness on what is really a very good book.

I haven’t read too many books like this. He married Karen Kruse in Anderson received a degree in physics from the University of Minnesota in Her only route of escape from Queen Olof is marriage to King Adils of Sweden, a man whom she dislikes.

Poul Anderson has demonstrated his passion for Norse mythology in several of his works and throughout his prolific career, most notably The Broken Sword and Three Hearts and Three Lions. Anderson also happens to be a talented writer is our great good luck.

A must-read for fans of epic or heroic myths. The fourth section chaps.


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Cover of first paperback edition. So too the physical world of the saga is presented in non-fabulous geographical terms, and one can place most events on a modern map. Up to this point Hrolf himself plays a relatively minor role in the saga. Poul Anderson brings this doom-haunted saga to life with modern language that still manages to capture the original spirit and cadence.

Mar 02, Robin Hobb rated it it was amazing. Definitely an interesting dive into Scandinavian lore.

Hrolf Kraki’s Saga

They had one daughter, Astrid, who is married to science fiction author Greg Bear. Virtually a fully formed tale in itself, it recounts the fate of Bjorn, the “man bear.

The saga elaborates on the same matter as several other sagas, and chronicles, in Scandinavian tradition, and also in the Anglo-Saxon poems Beowulf and Widsith. Part of that is my familiarity with the story, I think: Was this book, Hrolf Kraki’s Saga, ever kraoi in hardcover? And both, though differentiated by centuries of independent transmission in different lands, have many of the same characters and settings.

Poul Anderson has long been known for his love affair with the legends and myths of the great Norse heroes. Skuld, the enigmatic half-elfin woman, proves to be a fearful opponent, conjuring up among other feats a monstrous boar. This kind of has htolf feel of a more fleshed-out Beowulf, including a much deeper exploration of the history hrlf myth of Scandinavia.

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The novel was nominated hrlf the British Fantasy Award in A good book for Norse legend enthusiasts, Tolkien fans, sword and sorcery readers and a must read for Anderson fans.

May 15, Amber Scaife rated it really liked it. I have not read an actual translation of the compilation of the ancient Danish manuscripts which date from as far back as the s but from the way in which Mr. This retelling of the Danish Sagas by Poul Anderson is very true to the original, even to the point of starting generations before the title character comes on the scene.


Hrolf Kraki’s Saga is relatively faithful to its source material, even near-quoting it in places, though it puts more flesh on the rather spare saga-style of the original versions, and gets further into characters’ feelings and motivations. A narrative about pre-Viking Age kings and their rivals, Hrolf’s sagaas the text is often called, tells of King Hrolf, a warrior chieftain who ruled in Denmark about the sixth century AD.

He also has a marked distaste hrollf excesses in sacrifice, and steadfastly refuses human sacrifice to the gods a very real and long practice in pagan Scandinavia.

Jul 23, Terry rated it really liked it Recommends it for: By design or coincidence, Hrolf Kraki has several similarities to the King Arthur story: Open Preview See a Problem? The end comes through treachery from Hrolf’s half-elven half-sister Skulda witch married to Hjorvardone of his sub-kings. His reign was – by comparison, anyhow; in story, at least – a moment of sunshine in a storm that lasted kraku centuries.

Hjorvard does not last long as king, being killed by Vogga weakling Hrolf had befriended who in consequence had sworn to avenge him.