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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.
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|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Series:||Penguin Classics Series|
|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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Very good reading , especially for those interested in mythology. Lineages, titles, and names provided.
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.