Viking Tales

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Overview

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...

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Overview

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: 9781599150048
  • Publisher: Yesterday's Classics
  • Publication date: 11/17/2005
  • Pages: 168
  • Sales rank: 444,860
  • Age range: 6 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 0.39 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (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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Table of Contents

A List of the Illustrations 8
What the Sagas Were 9
Part I. In Norway
The Baby 15
The Tooth-thrall 19
Olaf's Farm 27
Olaf's Fight with Havard 40
Foes'-fear 47
Harald is King 53
Harald's Battle 62
Gyda's Saucy Message 71
The Sea Fight 81
King Harald's Wedding 89
King Harald Goes West-Over-Seas 95
Part II. West-Over-Seas
Homes in Iceland 103
Eric the Red 143
Leif and His New Land 161
Wineland the Good 174
Descriptive Notes 194
Suggestions to Teachers 200
A Reading List 204
A Pronouncing Index 207
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2014

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    Minnesota the time it is 12:37 pm.



    I am a knight owl....
    The training to become one takes natural skill that has been bread into you or so I am told.
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  • Posted December 11, 2013

    A wonderful read

    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).

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted April 17, 2014

    JP walks in

    JP walks in

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    Amanda

    Nods head in agreement "Fu<_>ck yeah."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2014

    TO JACKSON

    NO YOU ALREADY HURT HER AND GRACIE THANKS JERK YOU ARE SO SELF CENTERED YOU PROBLEY ARE ELEIZEBETH YOU JUST A BIG AS?SHOLE WHY DID YOU HAVE TO HURT GRACI LIKE THAT HUH

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    Posted July 10, 2014

    Daniel to alecto

    Leave her alone back off

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    Posted July 10, 2014

    Daniel to jinx

    Nope

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2014

    Alecto - Gracie add on

    And Kyle. TEN.

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    Posted July 10, 2014

    Alecto - David

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    Posted July 9, 2014

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    Amanda

    "That is for me to know and you to find out."

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    Posted July 10, 2014

    ALECTO - ALL

    YOU TIRED OF THE STUPID DRAMA? DO YOU WANT A NORMAL CAMP? ATHENIAN CONSTITUTION ALL RESULTS! (Not athenians. You have to put athenian constitution.)

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    Posted July 10, 2014

    Gracie

    "Wow. I feel scared, like seriously for real."

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    Alecto

    Okay.

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    Posted July 10, 2014

    Sean

    I just wanna find a normal chat thing. I dont wanna role play or anything but just have normal conversations with sane people.

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    Posted July 8, 2014

    *layla*

    Are you 16 too?

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    Sean to kyle

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    Laurel - Sean and Kyle

    I'll leave so you two can have your bromance

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