Saga of the Jomsvikings

Saga of the Jomsvikings

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by Lee M. Hollander, Malcolm Thurgood
     
 

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In A.D. 986, Earl Hákon, ruler of most of Norway, won a triumphant victory over an invading fleet of Danes in the great naval battle of Hjórunga Bay. Sailing under his banner were no fewer than five Icelandic skalds, the poet-historians of the Old Norse world. Two centuries later their accounts of the battle became the basis for one of the liveliest of

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In A.D. 986, Earl Hákon, ruler of most of Norway, won a triumphant victory over an invading fleet of Danes in the great naval battle of Hjórunga Bay. Sailing under his banner were no fewer than five Icelandic skalds, the poet-historians of the Old Norse world. Two centuries later their accounts of the battle became the basis for one of the liveliest of the Icelandic sagas, with special emphasis on the doings of the Jómsvikings, the famed members of a warrior community that feared no one and dared all. In Lee M. Hollander's faithful translation, all of the unknown twelfth-century author's narrative genius and flair for dramatic situation and pungent characterization is preserved.

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ISBN-13:
9780292776234
Publisher:
University of Texas Press
Publication date:
01/28/1988
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
116
Sales rank:
936,694
Product dimensions:
5.39(w) x 7.51(h) x 0.36(d)

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Lee M. Hollander was Professor of Germanic Languages at the University of Texas at Austin and an authority in Nordic language and literature.

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Saga of the Jom'svikings 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Jomsvikinga Saga is difficult to find in English because of the difficulties in translating it. Here is a lively, readable translation, with a great introduction, and plenty of insightful note. This is a great read for anyone interested in the Viking Age, Norse mythology, or just an action packed bloody adventure.