Viking Tales

Viking Tales

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by Jennie Hall
     
 

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Few men wrote or read in the olden days. Skalds, singers, learned songs from hearing them sung. At last people began to write more easily. Then they said:

"These stories are very precious. We must write them down to save them from being forgotten."

After that many men in Iceland spent their winters in writing books. They wrote on sheepskin; vellum, we call it.

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Few men wrote or read in the olden days. Skalds, singers, learned songs from hearing them sung. At last people began to write more easily. Then they said:

"These stories are very precious. We must write them down to save them from being forgotten."

After that many men in Iceland spent their winters in writing books. They wrote on sheepskin; vellum, we call it. Many of these old vellum books have been saved for hundreds of years, and are now in museums. Some leaves are lost, some are torn, and are yellow and crumpled. But they are precious. They tell us all that we know about that olden time. There are the very words that the men of Iceland wrote so long ago stories of kings and of battles of ship sailing.

These stories have three values. The men, with the crude courage and the strange adventures that make a man interesting to children, have at the same time the love of truth, the hardy endurance, the faithfulness to the plighted word, that make them a child's fit companions. Hall deems it a great thing accomplished if the children who read these stories should be so tempted after a while to read those fine old books, to enjoy the tales, to appreciate straightforwardness and simplicity of style. The historical value of the story of Leif Ericsson and the others seems to be not to learn the fact that Norsemen discovered America before Columbus did, but to gain a conception of the conditions of early navigation, of the length of the voyage, of the dangers of the sea, and a consequent realization of the reason for the fact that America was unknown to mediaeval Europe, of why the Norsemen did not travel, and of what was necessary to be done before men should strike out across the ocean.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781420944310
Publisher:
Neeland Media
Publication date:
01/01/2012
Pages:
82
Product dimensions:
4.80(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author

A teacher in Chicago at the beginning of the last century, Jennie Hall wrote a number of engaging history books for children. In addition to Viking Tales, she authored Buried Cities, Four Old Greeks, Men of Old Greece, The Story of Chicago, and Our Ancestors in Europe, An Introduction to American History.

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Viking Tales 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 777 reviews.
ALSainz More than 1 year ago
A great introduction to the Viking world of facts and myth. A great book for those who are curious about the Viking era. A fun and educational book for students with many good "who ,how, and why examples".The references are outstanding.I have read many Viking books,but,I wish I had found this earlier (however it is a new publish date).
Anonymous 8 months ago
As do l. *She nodded her head slowly.*
Anonymous 11 months ago
It's sad to think this where l started Role Playing. And l can't even give you a handful of names of the people who used to Role Play here, and ones that are still Role Playing today. I miss all of you, though l was a total newb back then. The old days were the best days, and l hope everyone who reads this has a good life. We need to keep Role Play going. *She disapoofed.*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gaaa, I remember this place T.T
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kill me oh wait you cant hahah
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
~Unknown
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"What you do that for "
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sits next to Night's body, crying silently.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are still out there please contact the following: Crypt - 19725155228 Hush - 15633492305. Syn, go to your camp. Please see this. We need you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He looks around. "Dead as a doornail."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lmao she told me to come here i didnt know what this was lol
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Walks in looking around where he used to be surrounded by friends and sighs......
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can fly no worries here.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bye des
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is anyone on here anymore? *She walked around, dragging her feet with each step.*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Why cant I be here?"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Forgot who but I guess the people at the republic must really want to kill me
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wanders in
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
NEW CAMP AT JARDIA RES 1
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Super active
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wassup-thesnoop
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hello
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cypher walks in. His iron exoskeleton blackened from fires and smoke rising from the spine piece that was broken almost in half.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A light down in there turns on and i walk to the thing under the tarp.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Merry Christmas Eve, Viking Tales." She slumps out. v.v