The Saga of King Hrolf Kraki, by Unknown
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- ISBN: 9780140435931 | 014043593X
- Cover: Paperback
- Copyright: 2/1/1999
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 in fifth-century Denmark. It tells of the exploits of King Hrolf and of his famous champions, including Bodvar Bjarki, the 'bear-warrior': a powerful figure whose might and bear-like nature are inspired by the same legendary heritage as Beowulf. Depicting a world of wizards, sorceresses and 'berserker' fighters - originally members of a cult of Odin - this is a compelling tale of ancient magic. A work of timeless power and beauty, it offers both a treasury of Icelandic prose and a masterful gathering of epic, cultic memory, traditional folk tale and myth from the Viking age and far earlier. This translation by Jesse L. Byock captures the elegant simplicity of the original. His introduction considers the history of the myths and the influence of Christianity upon the saga. This edition also includes a map, genealogical tables and a glossary of proper names.