Hrolf Kraki's Saga

Hrolf Kraki's Saga

Poul Anderson

A story of battles, betrayals, revenge, magic, and monsters: the traditional legend of the fabled sixth-century Danish king, retold through an acclaimed grasp of technological know-how fiction and fantasy

In the courtroom of the Anglo-Saxon king, a vacationing storyteller regales the assembled nobles with the spell binding story of her far off land's such a lot respected hero: the Viking Hrolf Kraki. Born of an incestuous union right into a royal family members with a historical past of violence, jealousy, usurpation, and homicide, Hrolf assembled a devoted band of the mightiest champions within the realm and increased his small country via knowledge, braveness, and conquest. Unbeaten at the battlefield, his nice deeds and victories grew to become legends through the North as he ushered in an period of peace and prosperity. yet Hrolf's hope for vengeance was once ever the warrior-king's driver, as he sought the reality approximately his father's homicide. This obsession may threaten Hrolf's existence and his rule—and finally convey his nice state to ruin.

Poul Anderson, one of many stated giants of twentieth-century delusion and technological know-how fiction, employs his unprecedented storytelling skills to deliver Denmark's such a lot exciting historical legend to lifestyles. A story that predates the tales of King Arthur and his knights and Shakespeare's Hamlet, whereas echoing the Oedipus and Beowulf myths, the saga of Hrolf Kraki, the best of all Danish Viking kings, takes on a brand new and breathtaking richness during this vintage novel that was once commemorated with a British myth Award in 1974.

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