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Hrolf Kraki's saga af Poul Anderson
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Hrolf Kraki's saga (udgave 1973)

af Poul Anderson

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A tale of battles, betrayals, revenge, magic, and monsters: The ancient legend of the fabled sixth-century Danish king, retold by an acclaimed master of science fiction and fantasy In the court of the Anglo-Saxon king, a visiting storyteller regales the assembled nobles with the enthralling tale of her faraway land?s most revered hero: the Viking Hrolf Kraki. Born of an incestuous union into a royal family with a history of violence, jealousy, usurpation, and murder, Hrolf assembled a loyal band of the mightiest champions in the realm and expanded his small kingdom through wisdom, courage, and conquest. Unbeaten on the battlefield, his great deeds and victories became legends throughout the North as he ushered in an era of peace and prosperity. But Hrolf?s desire for vengeance was ever the warrior-king?s driving force, as he sought the truth about his father?s murder. This obsession would threaten Hrolf?s life and his rule?and ultimately bring his great kingdom to ruin. Poul Anderson, one of the acknowledged giants of twentieth-century fantasy and science fiction, employs his unparalleled storytelling talents to bring Denmark?s most thrilling ancient legend to life. A tale that predates the stories of King Arthur and his knights and Shakespeare?s Hamlet, while echoing the Oedipus and Beowulf myths, the saga of Hrolf Kraki, the greatest of all Danish Viking kings, takes on a new and breathtaking richness in this classic novel that was honored with a British Fantasy Award in 1974.… (mere)
Medlem:bperry1397
Titel:Hrolf Kraki's saga
Forfattere:Poul Anderson
Info:New York : Ballantine, 1973.
Samlinger:Ballantine Adult Fantasy - Lin Carter ed., Dit bibliotek
Vurdering:****
Nøgleord:Ingen

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Doomed heroes, fair queens, eldritch creatures, viking battles, cameo appearances by Beowulf & Odin, magic swords, tragic incest, the bonds of brotherhood, Saxons, Danes, evil sorcerers, berserkers, fragments of the old Germanic "Bear's Son" folktales, fjords, viking ships, earthquakes, broken shields, the holmgang, rich chieftains handing out arm rings......this book has about every viking trope there is.

wyrd bið ful aræd writ large. such great fun, if you're into such things. ( )
  viking2917 | Mar 30, 2021 |
rewrite of saga
  ritaer | Apr 3, 2020 |
Another from the Gateway sale, the paperback has long been in my library. This is Anderson’s take on the varied sources for the story. Similar to many other sagas (I saw similarities to Njal’s Saga at the end), this is a story about the fortunes and misfortunes of the Danish Scylding dynasty. Well-written, but it’s more of a novel than a saga so it might not be to everyone’s taste.

Recommended.
  Maddz | Jan 26, 2018 |
Poul Anderson set out to reconstruct the story of Hrolf Kraki, Denmark's legendary king. I think this is an interesting result and very readable.
I read it twice. ( )
  DinadansFriend | Feb 3, 2014 |
I find Poul Anderson pretty uneven. I tend to either really like his books, or be left cold by them. I also tend to enjoy his fantasy much more than his science fiction (for which he is probably better known). This book is obviously in the former camp. For my money it's probably his best book (even better than _The Broken Sword_ or _Three Hearts & Three Lions_ which mine a similar vein). In essence this is a novelisation of the fragmentary saga tales of the Danish King Hrolf Kraki. Pulling together elements from various sources, Anderson creates a unified tale of a Nordic King Arthur...actually going back a generation in order to set the stage for this tragic tale.

I think that Anderson's greatest achievement here is his ability to convincingly portray the world of the mythic North. 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. It's a work that, for me at least, really captures that "Northern thing" that so enamoured Tolkien and Lewis and satisfies me when I'm hungering for such a thing myself.

The characters are sufficiently mythic, yet still flawed and human enough to hold the reader's interest and the encroachment of the supernatural into the human world is never overdone, displaying the characteristic wildness and unpredictability of the sagas from which they come. ( )
  dulac3 | Apr 2, 2013 |
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A tale of battles, betrayals, revenge, magic, and monsters: The ancient legend of the fabled sixth-century Danish king, retold by an acclaimed master of science fiction and fantasy In the court of the Anglo-Saxon king, a visiting storyteller regales the assembled nobles with the enthralling tale of her faraway land?s most revered hero: the Viking Hrolf Kraki. Born of an incestuous union into a royal family with a history of violence, jealousy, usurpation, and murder, Hrolf assembled a loyal band of the mightiest champions in the realm and expanded his small kingdom through wisdom, courage, and conquest. Unbeaten on the battlefield, his great deeds and victories became legends throughout the North as he ushered in an era of peace and prosperity. But Hrolf?s desire for vengeance was ever the warrior-king?s driving force, as he sought the truth about his father?s murder. This obsession would threaten Hrolf?s life and his rule?and ultimately bring his great kingdom to ruin. Poul Anderson, one of the acknowledged giants of twentieth-century fantasy and science fiction, employs his unparalleled storytelling talents to bring Denmark?s most thrilling ancient legend to life. A tale that predates the stories of King Arthur and his knights and Shakespeare?s Hamlet, while echoing the Oedipus and Beowulf myths, the saga of Hrolf Kraki, the greatest of all Danish Viking kings, takes on a new and breathtaking richness in this classic novel that was honored with a British Fantasy Award in 1974.

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