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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Inciting her husband to revolt, they secretly raise an army and rise suddenly, besieging Hrolf in his hall.

In the next section krakk. Hrolf Kraki lived in the midnight of the Dark Ages.

Jul 23, Terry rated it really liked it Recommends it for: 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.

From this krwki on, Yrsa’s life is a dilemma.

Hrolf Kraki’s Saga

To be sure, elements of this traditional pattern are found in Hrolf’s sagaas for instance in the intertwined stories of Bodvar Bjarki and Hjalti. Poul Ssga has long been known for his love affair with the legends and myths of the great Norse heroes. Our benefit is having someone like Poul Anderson to make the legends accessible to our time.


Thanks for telling us about the problem. Jan 08, Kilian Metcalf rated it really liked it. Like Arthur in Britain he became the stuff of legend; here, Anderson reworks the legend into a novel, though sticking fairly close to the source.

Poul Anderson’s introduction is helpful, krak, contextualising the story a little and explaining his decisions for the frame story of a tenth century female storyteller, etc. Who published it in hardcover? The Danish historian Saxo Grammaticus, writing aboutcredits the trustworthiness of Icelanders, who: Retrieved from ” https: Esto me ha gustado, ya que he podido ver a muchos personajes y puntos de vista y algunos me han resultado una pasada.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Thoroughly remarkable from the start. Queen Rholf does not employ magic, but many of the other women of the saga do.

King Hrolf Kraki – Introduction – About the Saga

It is sprawling and yet woven and each seeming digression returns to Hrolf Kraki. Very awesome historical novel of a Norse saga. Hrolf Kraki is a central figure but one at the center of a tapestry; to understand his story is to must understand his father, krwki, and sister view spoiler [hint: It didn’t make a big impression on me, but was well liked when it came out.

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. Hrolv often anger or treachery broke what bonds there might grolf been. But I suppose in a way the Matter of the Norse would involve Sigurd, considering how that story has survived in comparison.


And both, though differentiated by centuries of independent transmission in different lands, have many of the same characters and settings. Still, the Saga of Hrolf is not the “Norse version of Beowulf “; both stories have an entirely different plot and are clearly set in mutually exclusive continuities.

To view it, click here. The novel was nominated for the British Fantasy Award in Eventually, the young Hrolf takes over the kingship of Denmark. Orbit Unlimited New America. It seemed to me to pick up a lot of momentum in the last third of the book. Today, the earliest of the forty-four known manuscripts dates from the seventeenth century, and all of these are copies deriving ultimately from hrolg single common ancestor.

The Icelanders’ knowledge of the Scandinavian past was so broad that in medieval times sga were acknowledged throughout the Sata to be master storytellers and the keepers of ancient poetic lore.

No need to spin it out with words: The fourth section chaps.

Was this book, Hrolf Kraki’s Saga, ever published in hardcover? He received numerous a Pseudonym A. In the case of the legends surrounding King Hrolf and his retinue of champions, the saga tellers had at their disposal an extensive body of existing heroic lore.