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The Saga of King Hrolf Kraki (Penguin Classics)

by Anonymous, Jesse L. Byock

ISBN 014043593X / 9780140435931 / 0-14-043593-X
Publisher Penguin Classics
Language English
Edition Softcover
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Composed in medieval Iceland, Hrolfs Saga recalls ancient Scandinavia of the Migration Period, when the warrior chieftain King Hrolf ruled in Denmark.

In the Viking World, King Hrolf served as a symbol of courage. Sharing rich oral traditions with the Anglo-Saxon epic Beowulf, Hrolfs Saga recounts the tragedy of strife within Denmarks royal hall. It tells of powerful women and the exploits of Hrolfs famous champions  including Bodvar Bjarki, the bear-warrior, who strikingly resembles Beowulf. Combining heroic legend, myth and magic, Hrolfs Saga is full of wizards, sorceresses, and beserker fighters, originally members of the cult of Odin. Most startling is the central love triangle: Hrolfs father, a man of insatiable appetites, unknowingly abducts his daughter, who later marries the despised sorcerer King Adils of Sweden.

A powerful human drama with deep historical roots, extraordinary events and fierce battle scenes, Hrolfs Saga ranks among the masterworks of the Middle Ages.