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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 (Hr√≥lfs saga kraka) is a 13th century Icelandic Legendary Saga about the legendary Danish king Hrolf Kraki, who would have .

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Hrolf Kraki lived in the midnight of the Dark Ages. The novel was nominated for the British Fantasy Award in This translation of Hrolf Kraki’s saga was given to me as a battered paperback by a friend I’d only met once at that time.

He yrolf a member of the Swordsmen and Sorcerers’ Guild of America, a loose-knit group of Heroic Fantasy authors founded in the s, some of whose works were anthologized in Lin Carter’s Flashing Swords! Craig, Michael Karageorge, Winston P. Apr 23, Sebastian rated it it was ok. There’s even a small crossover with the Beowulf poem, which isn’t inserted randomly by Anderson as the crossover existed in the original texts – which I didn’t know until I looked it up but which gives an interesting context to both.

Anderson also happens to be a talented writer is our great good luck.

Retrieved from ” https: Queen Oluf waits until Yrsa is pregnant, then reveals to Helgi that Yrsa is his own daughter. In particular, the narrative at this point follows the actions of Helgi, a man with large and sometimes uncontrollable appetites. Jan 14, Cheryl rated it really liked it.

This gives it an odd feel at time Norse sagas didn’t follow the narrative arcs I’m used tobut it’s full of doomed heroes, ominous magic and mighty men the women aren’t passive but they’re definitely subordinate. Halga went to the Saxons kraoi to woo their warlike queen Oluf.

For Hrolf Kraki’s SagaMr Anderson, according First, I must mention that if you ever encounter a book in the Ballantine Adult Fantasy Series, krki you ever stumble across a krakii with a unicorn-in-a-circle logo in the corner of the cover, a circle reading “Original Adult Fantasy,” you should krako it without hesitation.


Her previous husband, King Helgi, remains in love with her. In recounting their own past and the history of other peoples, Icelandic saga tellers made prose narration a high art. In its present form, Hrolf’s Saga was composed around Trust Master Anderson to draw from another little-used well from Northern European legend to excellent effect.

He received numerous awards for his writing, including seven Hugo Awards and three Nebula Awards.

Hrolf Kraki’s Saga (novel) – Wikipedia

The events of Yrsa’s life, including her marriages and wishes, form a narrative thread, linking different sections of the saga and touching the lives of many of the characters. Refresh and try again. Sqga is a tale that tells you what the characters did, and what happened. This “sowing” of the field of Fyrisvellir later becomes a famous incident in Norse legend.

Certain fairly minor parallels will most likely escape the reader without someone pointing them out. If the underlying, individual episodes are often discernible, the saga iraki, nevertheless, a unified work, very much in the matter-of-fact style of the Icelandic family sagas. Here both Bodvar Bjarki and the god Odin in the guise of Hrani play crucial, though very different, roles.

Each provides information about a powerful champion whose bearlike character may reflect the distant urolf of early cultic practices.

View all 3 comments. In a copy of a saga about Hrolf was included among krki “books in the Norse language” in the library of the monastery of Modruvellir in northern Iceland.

Having read it, I now want to find a copy of my own The ramifications of this love, and the psychological unease caused by the abrupt termination of the marriage, affect the lives of almost all of the saga’s subsequent characters.

A great retelling of the myth of the tragic Viking King. He gives us vivid details that krzki bring it to life and the harsh grandeur of Midgard is effectively protrayed as equal parts the land of men and playground of the gods.

The characters are sufficiently mythic, yet still flawed and human enough to hold the reader’s interest and the encroachment of the supernatural into the human world is never overdone, displaying the characteristic wildness and unpredictability of the sagas from which they come.


Jul 28, Anduril81 rated it it was amazing. And often anger or treachery broke what bonds there might have been. Yrsa was shocked and although Helgi wanted their relationship to remain as it was, Yrsa insisted on leaving him to live alone. Learning that Helgi and Yrsa lived happily together, queen Oluf travelled to Denmark to tell her daughter the truth.

Queens, sorceresses, a freeman’s loyal daughter, and an elfin woman and her daughter all change the destiny of those who encounter them. He also has a marked distaste for excesses in sacrifice, and steadfastly refuses human sacrifice to the gods a very real and long practice in pagan Scandinavia.

Hrolf Kraki’s Saga

Like Charlemagne in the sequence of Norse stories named after him or like Arthur in medieval Romance tradition, Hrolf the great king of the North hropf often overshadowed by the individual stories about his champions. In essence this is a novelisation of the fragmentary saga tales of the Danish King Hrolf Kraki.

Ballantine Books Adult Fantasy Series is proud to presen Poul Anderson has long been known for his love affair with the legends and myths of the great Norse heroes.

Called Kraki tall, angular and slender like a pole ladderHrolf was widely remembered in the medieval North as one of the most magnificent kings of “ancient times,” and the saga draws on a long oral tradition as it describes Hrolf’s often treacherous family and recounts the exploits of his famous champions. I tend to either really like his books, or be left cold by them.

This was good enough to be a British Fantasy Award Winner for This is a saga to fill a reader’s heart with heroic longing and sense-of-wonder.