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 . Hrolf Kraki’s Saga has ratings and 50 reviews. Lyn said: Poul Anderson has demonstrated his passion for Norse mythology in several of his works and t. The Saga of Hrolf Kraki (Hr√≥lfs saga kraka) is a 13th century Icelandic Legendary Saga about the legendary Danish king Hrolf Kraki, who would have .

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Like Arthur, Hrolf is born from a scandalous relationship as the offspring of a brave oraki morally defective father whom he never gets to know; and like Arthur, he does not so much excel in heroic feats himself, but lets his trusty band of heroes do the grunt work. The Matter of the Norse?

Trivia About Hrolf Kraki’s Saga. Poul Anderson’s introduction is helpful, too, contextualising the story a little and explaining his decisions for the frame story of a tenth century female storyteller, etc.

Up to this point Hrolf himself plays a relatively minor role in the saga. These texts, which are also sometimes called the ‘legendary sagas,’ are distinctive in that they tell of events that occurred, or are supposed to have occurred, long before the ninth-century settlement of Krakl.

The book contains mighty deeds of heroes, including fierce battles wherein the flashing hrlf weapons and spilling of gore are recounted in great detail; it contains rugged and beautiful landscapes through which the heroes and characters of the book move and ride in ships and on horses; it contains fell beasts, strange monsters, and weird magics; it contains half-breed Elf children; it contains great halls for feasting; it contains great mounds of treasure; it contains berserkers and shapeshifters; it is one of the most fantastic, stirring, wonderful, exciting, unnerving, beautiful stories I have ever read.

But, Helgi, although normally a forceful man, becomes immobilized, his heart broken. The events can be dated to the late 5th century and the 6th century. He also has a marked distaste for excesses in sacrifice, and steadfastly refuses human sacrifice to the gods a very real and long practice in pagan Scandinavia.


Halga went to the Saxons wanting to woo their warlike queen Oluf. So too the physical world of the saga is presented in non-fabulous geographical terms, and one can place most events on a modern map. Ultimately Hrolf Kraki is the pinnacle of the kingship of the ancient Danes and his complex story rkaki presented by Pohl Anderson is wonderfully good reading. Maurai and Kith Orion Shall Rise.

Hrolf Kraki’s Saga (novel) – Wikipedia

Several of his novels were published posthumously. The prose is engaging and colorful and although the book is relatively short, the world and the characters are well developed and well described. Yrsa, forced by conventions of morality, throws her happiness away and as a grown woman returns to live with Queen Olof, the mother who hates her. The ramifications of this love, and the psychological unease caused by the abrupt termination of the marriage, affect the lives of almost all of the saga’s subsequent characters.

By design or coincidence, Hrolf Kraki has several similarities to the King Arthur story: Like Arthur in Britain he became the stuff of legend; here, Anderson reworks the legend into a novel, though sticking fairly close to the source.

About the Saga The Saga of King Hrolf Kraki is one of the major Scandinavian legendary tales and belongs to the group of mythic-heroic Icelandic stories known as the “sagas of ancient times,” or fornaldar sagas. For Hrolf Kraki’s Saga is much better than it appears: A narrative about pre-Viking Age kings and their rivals, Hrolf’s sagaas the text is often called, tells of King Hrolf, a warrior chieftain who hrofl in Denmark about the sixth century AD.

Their sagas were unusual among the literatures of medieval Europe, where with the exception of Ireland, traditional narrative stories were usually told in verse.

Our benefit is having someone like Poul Anderson to make the legends accessible to our time. In a copy of a saga about Hrolf was included among the “books in the Norse language” in the library of the monastery of Modruvellir in northern Iceland.

They then arrived at Lejre one yule for the midwinter celebrations, with all the weapons hidden in wagons. May hrolr, Amber Scaife rated it really liked it. Feigning hospitality, Adhils does his best to destroy his unwanted visitors through rigged tests of their prowess, while Yrsa warns Hrolf of his treachery. Yrsa, too, suffers cruelly.


Hrolf Kraki’s Saga

Fraser Sherman No, Ballantine actually published a lot of books that came out in paperback first. I think it worked very well: Some time later, Helgi returned and through a ruse, he kidnapped the queen for a while during which time he made her pregnant.

This book is obviously in the former camp. Against the odds, the union is good; she comes to love Helgi and he her. And both, though differentiated by centuries of independent transmission in different lands, sagw many of hrilf same characters and settings. This emphasis is possible because a number of prominent male heroes in Hrolf’s saga are only marginally involved in stories of maturation, whereby a boy, such as Sigurd ktaki The Saga of the Volsungscomes of age.

For Hrolf Kraki’s SagaMr Anderson, according to the introductory material in the book, coordinated, assembled, and retold “the scattered heroic literature” to bring us this “keening, blood-rimed tale of men who walked like gods.

King Hrolf Kraki – Introduction – About the Saga

Learning that Helgi and Yrsa lived happily together, queen Oluf travelled to Denmark to tell her daughter the truth. Pages with citations lacking titles Wikipedia articles with GND identifiers. He was a founding member of the Society for Creative Anachronism. Anderson put his story together I assume he followed the fragmentary source documents more closely than not, so I believe one will get as respectably accurate an understanding of the Hrolf Kraki myth as one would from any extant source.

It was first published by Ballantine Books as the sixty-second volume of the Ballantine Adult Fantasy series in October,and has been reprinted a number of times since. While King Hrolf remains the central focus, it is frequently the women who connect the saga’s different episodes, binding the individual pieces of story into a cohesive whole.

This is a novelization of the legendary saga of Hrolf Kraki, a semi-mythical king of Denmark, set before, during, and after the events of “Beowulf”, and involving some of the same characters.

Hrolf Kraki’s Last Stand.