Halga went to the Saxons wanting to woo their warlike queen Oluf. She was, however, not interested and humiliated Helgi by shaving his head and covering him with tar, while he was asleep, and sending him back to his ship. Some time later, Helgi returned and through a ruse, he kidnapped the queen for a while during which time he made her pregnant. Having returned to her kingdom, the queen bore a child, a girl which she named Yrsa after her dog.
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Shelves: legendary This is a review of Jesse L. Hrolf Kraki, king in ancient Denmark, was not as many of the other legendary heroes; he was among the quiet and mild rulers, which, of course, didnt prevent him from taking action and revenge when required. He is famous for having sowed pieces of gold on This is a review of Jesse L.
Hrolf also threw a gold ring in front of the pursuing king. His father, King Helgi, was also his grandfather. It started when Helgi met Olof, a powerful Saxon warrior queen who wore mail and weapons. Olof had no intention of marrying, and when Helgi wanted to force her, she tricked and humiliated the king, who wreaked a cruel vengeance by repeatedly raping her. As a result, Olof gets pregnant and gives birth to the girl Yrsa, who grows up in poverty not knowing her parents.
Queen Olof tells nothing to Helgi, who later, on a raid to Saxland, captures Yrsa, falls in love with her, marries her, and gets a son with her. Yrsa feels forced to leave Helgi and returns to Saxland with her mother, who marries her to the Adils, the Swedish king. When Helgi returns from his Viking raids and hears what has happened, he mourns his loss, mates with an elf-woman and gets Skuld, a girl who from an early age shows a vicious temperament. After some time, however, Helgi prepares a voyage to Uppsala to retrieve Yrsa.
King Adils receives Helgi in honour, but deceives and kills him and takes all his gold. In his time, Hrolf is the greatest of the Scandinavian kings, so powerful he can live in relative peace. In the saga of Hrolf and his family, women play an important part; their doings set off the action and their relations to the male heroes bind the tale together.
Twined into the action, Svipdag and Bodvar have their own sagas within the saga. Both the champions have supernatural powers, as do several of the other characters, most notably King Adils and Skuld. The gods too, especially Odin, both helps and works against the characters. They both have bear-like qualities and both fight and kill threatening monsters. The final battle between King Hrolf and Hjorvard, his brother-in-law, was in fact a fight between Bodvar and Skuld and their supernatural powers.
During the fight, Bodvar went into a trance, changed shape and fought like a bear on which no weapons would bite. Skuld, skilful in magic and sorcery, fashioned a spell of high potency. From then on, the battle-luck changed, and Hrolf and his retainers had to fight draugar or living dead: fallen enemies that kept on fighting. Hrolf and all of his champions were all killed in the battle, and Skuld seized the power in Denmark.
But her rule was short. Jesse L. These extras are very helpful and make the book a memorable read.
The Saga of King Hrolf Kraki
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. And both, though differentiated by centuries of independent transmission in different lands, have many of the same characters and settings. The relationship is based on an ancient core of shared storytelling, which displays the extent of a common oral tradition in the medieval North and may echo long-past historical events. Each provides information about a powerful champion whose bearlike character may reflect the distant memory of early cultic practices.
Saga de Hrólf Kraki
Shelves: legendary This is a review of Jesse L. Hrolf Kraki, king in ancient Denmark, was not as many of the other legendary heroes; he was among the quiet and mild rulers, which, of course, didnt prevent him from taking action and revenge when required. He is famous for having sowed pieces of gold on This is a review of Jesse L. Hrolf also threw a gold ring in front of the pursuing king. His father, King Helgi, was also his grandfather.
Faetaxe Apr 23, Sebastian rated it it was ok. A great retelling of the myth of the tragic Viking King. The text falls into five main sections, each one focusing on a different set of characters. Poul Anderson nos narra un complejo en tapiz donde las historias de entrecruzan y comparten protagonistas, creando un tapiz lleno de traiciones, odios, amores, venganzas, combates, guerras, magia y muertes no paran de suceder en solo hojas. Another outstanding heroic fantasy. Maurai and Kith Orion Shall Rise. I have not read an actual translation of the compilation of the ancient Danish manuscripts which date from as far back as the s but from the way in which Mr.