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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 . 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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Hrolf Kraki’s Saga

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. Pulling t I find Poul Anderson pretty uneven.

Only after they are wed does her mother reveal Yrsa’s parentage. But what a slaughter they dealt out there, words iraki describe it. In particular, the narrative at this point follows the actions of Helgi, a man with large and sometimes uncontrollable appetites.

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 in The Saga of the Volsungscomes of age. You need to login to do this. Hrolf’s Saga devotes a significant share of the narrative to the destiny of female characters, and a significant feature of the text is that important events turn on decisions made by women. From Ssaga, the free encyclopedia.

I may have done myself a slight disservice by reading Bengtsson first, because it did set an unusually high bar ssga comparing all other Vikingy books, what with its irreverent humor and brilliant storytelling, but I fear that regardless of any comparisons and the majority opinion here, Anderson has done a rather shoddy job of this quasi-modernized retelling of the legend. Poul Anderson brings this doom-haunted kkraki to life with modern language that still manages to capture the original spirit and cadence.


The book encapsulates the history of Hrolf Kraki from his earliest known ancestry hrollf his passing from the world. She was, however, not interested and humiliated Helgi by shaving his head and covering him with tar, hrollf he was asleep, and sending him back to his ship. Jun 15, Nikki rated it really liked it Shelves: He has little love for the ways of his people during those days: Hrolf’s warriors fight valiantly, but the witchcraft of Skuld prevails, and after a long, terrible battle the defenders fall.

The common connection with Hrolf, the male and female members of his family, and his court unites the episodes, giving the saga a consistent narrative focus.

Learning that Helgi and Yrsa lived happily together, queen Oluf travelled to Denmark to tell her daughter the truth.

Hrolf Kraki’s Saga by Poul Anderson

Thoroughly remarkable from the start. Opening with a dynastic conflict, the saga plunges into the struggle between King Halfdan and his brother Frodi, who were greatly dissimilar in character.

Pages to import images to Wikidata. Anderson filled in gaps and tried to reconcile contradictions in the source materials.

The Saga of Hrolf Kraki (Literature) – TV Tropes

Sent packing, he later returns and rapes kfaki, a union resulting in a daughter, Yrsa, who years later becomes an instrument of vengeance when Helgi encounters and marries her. Slaughter, slavery, robbery, rape, torture, heathen rites bloody or obscene, were parts of daily life This was good enough to be a British Fantasy Award Winner for 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 sxga 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.


Sags awesome historical novel of a Norse saga. The comparison isn’t lost on Master Anderson either: Apr 23, Sebastian rated it it was ok.

Jul 17, Charles rated it it was amazing Shelves: The Hrolf Kraki legend shares some jrolf its cast with Beowulf: Despite the fact that on each occasion the women caution him not to act on his impulse, Helgi plunges into a series of unfortunate sexual liaisons. The relationship is based on an ancient core of shared storytelling, which displays the extent of a common oral tradition in the medieval Eaga and may echo long-past historical events.

He married Karen Kruse in Desperate battles, bitter feuds, doomed love and the end of everything. May 15, Amber Scaife rated it really liked it.

It seemed to me to pick up a lot of momentum in the last third of the book. The stories of the women then enter the tale, and here we first meet Hrolf’s mother Yrsa, a person of uncommon heritage.