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 (Hrólfs saga kraka) is a 13th century Icelandic Legendary Saga about the legendary Danish king Hrolf Kraki, who would have .

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Taken captive at an early age, Yrsa is forced to marry King Helgi.

Hrolf Kraki’s Saga by Poul Anderson

From this point on, Yrsa’s life is a dilemma. As with a lot of the sagas, it’s a grim story with moments of grace that ends badly for pretty much all concerned, but Anderson has written it well, focusing as much on character as on action.

In the case of the legends surrounding King Hrolf and his retinue of champions, the saga tellers had at their disposal an extensive body of existing heroic lore. At length the animosity is brought into the open and the Danes fight their way out of Adhil’s stronghold, taking his treasure with them. 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.

This kind of has Definitely an interesting dive into Scandinavian lore.

Jul 02, Fraser Sherman rated it really liked it Shelves: In the next section chaps. Having read it, I now want to find a copy of my own The saga author, well aware that he was arranging a compilation of older material, retains the episodic structure of lraki sources, often telling the audience when one sub-tale ends and another begins: In a copy of a saga about Hrolf was included among the “books in the Norse language” in the library of the eaga of Modruvellir in northern Iceland.

In what we now would understand as a deep depression, Helgi retires to his bed. To ask other readers questions about Hrolf Kraki’s Sagaplease sign up.


The Danish king Halfdan is murdered and his position usurped by his brother Frodhi. In Beowulf and Widsithmany of the same characters appear in their corresponding Old Hrklf forms: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

The comparison isn’t lost on Master Anderson either: Their sagas were unusual among the literatures of medieval Europe, where with the exception of Ireland, traditional narrative stories were usually told in verse.

Queen Yrsa does not employ magic, but many of the other women of the saga do. He gives us vivid details that truly bring it to life and the harsh grandeur of Midgard is effectively protrayed as equal parts the land of men and playground of the gods.

Even in the passages that treat fabulous events and creatures, the text uses an understated tone, relying on realistic-sounding description to create an almost believable story.

Jan 31, Lyn rated it liked it. Slaughter, slavery, robbery, rape, torture, heathen rites bloody or obscene, were parts of daily life The first section chaps.

Hrolf Kraki’s Saga

An attempt at modern “saga” from a female apparently bard or skald. It is sprawling and yet woven and each seeming digression returns to Hrolf Kraki. Tiene algunos detalles dudosos, pero en general me ha parecido excelente. The language is vivid and potent, the story itself thrilling as it tells of various kings of Denmark down to the titular Hrolf Kraki. Her previous husband, King Helgi, remains in love with her. Yrsa was set to live as a shepherd, until she was 12 years old, when she met her father Helgi who fell in love with her, not knowing it was his daughter.

But, Helgi, although normally a forceful man, becomes immobilized, his heart broken. And make no mistake, this is an absolutely appalling cover.

Nov 07, Apollo Rock It! First, I must mention that if you ever encounter a book in the Ballantine Adult Fantasy Series, if you ever stumble across a paperback with a unicorn-in-a-circle logo in the corner of the cover, a circle reading “Original Adult Fantasy,” you should buy it without hesitation.


Having returned to her kingdom, the queen bore a child, a girl which she named Yrsa after her dog. The Icelanders’ knowledge of the Scandinavian past was so broad that in medieval times they were acknowledged throughout the North to be master storytellers and the keepers of ancient poetic lore.

For Hrolf Kraki’s SagaMr Anderson, according First, I must mention that if you ever encounter a book in the Ballantine Adult Fantasy Series, if you ever stumble across a paperback with a unicorn-in-a-circle logo in the corner of the cover, a circle reading “Original Adult Fantasy,” you should buy it without hesitation. 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.

Medieval Iceland was a suitable place for passing down the memory of King Hrolf and his twelve champions.

This is a saga to fill a reader’s heart with heroic longing and sense-of-wonder. Hjorvard does not last long as king, being killed by Vogga weakling Hrolf had befriended who in consequence had sworn to avenge him.

A must-read for fans of epic or heroic myths. Jan 08, Kilian Metcalf rated it really liked it. This was good enough to be a British Fantasy Award Winner for Pages to import images to Wikidata. Eventually, the young Hrolf takes over the kingship of Denmark. This translation of Hrolf Kraki’s saga was given to me as a battered paperback by a friend I’d only met once at that time. It is up to the reader to supply what they felt and what they thought.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Works by Poul Anderson. At issue was control of the Danish kingdom. A lot of genre publishers did that because the market for hardback …more No, Ballantine actually published a lot of books that came out in paperback first.