The Saga of Erik the Viking

The Saga of Erik the Viking

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By (author) Terry Jones, Illustrated by Michael Foreman

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  • Publisher: Puffin Books
  • Format: Paperback | 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 192mm x 14mm | 181g
  • Publication date: 1 June 1993
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0140322612
  • ISBN 13: 9780140322613
  • Edition statement: Reissue
  • Sales rank: 94,290

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This is the tale of a Viking warrior by the name of Erik. But Erik is no ordinary Viking. With his trusty band of men he sets sail in search of the land where the sun goes at night - but he finds much more! The Sea Dragon, Dogfighters and giants combine to make his voyage a great saga of thrilling adventures. Written by Terry Jones, most famous for his membership of the Monty Python team, this is a wonderful tale, expertly spun, which won the Children's Book Award.

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Erik and his crew go in search of "the land where the sun goes at night." Along the way they encounter the Old Man of the Sea, whom they outwit three times, a dragon, a magic sword, enchanters, assorted monsters and mythical beasts, and even Death. They are tested in various ways, go over the edge of the world and beneath the bottom of the sea, and fight inner demons as well as outer, until they find the land they seek and discover it is not for them. By turns adventurous, humorous, and philosophical, this is a sort of melancholic Odyssey where they seek to "sail beyond the sunset," but unlike Odysseus, they are sure at every step that they are doomed. Despite their pessimism, they manage great and heroic deeds, which are dazzlingly illustrated by Foreman. Most of the chapters are complete in themselves and can be read as a series of related short stories. An enjoyable volume. (Kirkus Reviews)