The Saga of King Hrolf Kraki

The Saga of King Hrolf Kraki

by Anonymous, Jesse L. Byock
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The Saga of King Hrolf Kraki by Anonymous, Jesse L. Byock

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 in fifth-century Denmark. It tells of the exploits of King Hrolf and of his famous champions, including Bodvar Bjarki, the 'bear-warrior': a powerful figure whose might and bear-like nature are inspired by the same legendary heritage as Beowulf. Depicting a world of wizards, sorceresses and 'berserker' fighters - originally members of a cult of Odin - this is a compelling tale of ancient magic. A work of timeless power and beauty, it offers both a treasury of Icelandic prose and a masterful gathering of epic, cultic memory, traditional folk tale and myths from the Viking age and far earlier.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140435931
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/28/1999
Series: Penguin Classics Series
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 334,764
Product dimensions: 5.09(w) x 7.78(h) x 0.34(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Jesse Byock has also translated the Saga of Volsungs, published by Penguin.

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The Saga of King Hrolf Kraki 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Rode More than 1 year ago
Very good reading , especially for those interested in mythology. Lineages, titles, and names provided.
Ruthven More than 1 year ago
The Saga of King Hrolf Kraki is an amzing tale about the Skjoldung dynasty (Scylding in Beowulf). The story opens up with the background of King Hrolf himself and then details those of his champions before coming together for their greatest adventures. This is an epic tale equal in proportion to that of Sigurd and the Volsungs. This is a particularly enjoyable translation, with insightful notes on the origin of the story and its similarities with the epic poem Beowulf.