Sagas and Myths of the Northmen (Penguin Epics)

Sagas and Myths of the Northmen (Penguin Epics)

Jesse L. Byock

Language: English

Pages: 160

ISBN: 0141026413

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Sagas and Myths of the Northmen (Penguin Epics)

Jesse L. Byock

Language: English

Pages: 160

ISBN: 0141026413

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


In a land of ice, great warriors search for glory. When a dragon threatens the people of the north, only one man can destroy the fearsome beast. Elsewhere, a mighty leader gathers a court of champions, including a noble warrior under a terrible curse. The Earth's creation is described; tales of the gods and evil Frost Giants are related; and the dark days of Ragnarok foretold. This is a journey into a realm of legend, where heroes from an ancient age do battle with savage monsters, and every man must live or die by the sword.

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grieves me the most.’ Hogni replied: ‘Why do you say such things? You broke the peace first. You took my kinswoman, starved her to death, murdered her, and took the treasure. Such conduct was not kingly, and I think it laughable that you are recounting your woes. I thank the gods that things are going badly for you.’ Hogni Is Captured Now King Atli urged his troops to make a fierce assault. They fought valiantly, but the Gjukungs pressed forward so resolutely that King Atli was driven back

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that King Volsung and his sons went through King Siggeir’s ranks eight times that day, hewing on both sides. And when they intended to do so yet again, King Volsung fell in the middle of his ranks with all his men except for his ten sons. Because the force against them was overwhelming, they were forced to give way. His sons were seized and bound and taken away. Signy learned that her father had been killed and her brothers taken prisoner and destined for death. She now asked King Siggeir to

with Skuld, were still on their feet. Skuld took all of King Hrolf ’s realm under her power, but she ruled poorly and for only a short time. Elk-Frodi set out to avenge his brother Bodvar Bjarki as he had promised to do. He was joined by King Thorir Hound’s Foot, as is told in Elk-Frodi’s tale. The brothers were supported by a strong contingent sent from the Swedish kingdom by Queen Yrsa, and men say that Vogg served as the commander. All of these forces sailed for Denmark, and Skuld was taken

‘But what will happen, if I get in the way of the dragon’s blood?’ ‘No one can advise you, if you are afraid of everything. You are not like your kin in courage,’ replied Regin. Now Sigurd rode onto the heath, and Regin ran off in fear. Sigurd dug a ditch. And while he was working on it, an old man with a long beard came to him and asked what he was doing. Sigurd told him. Then the old man responded: ‘That is ill-advised. Dig several ditches for the blood to run into; then you sit in one of them

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