The Saga of King Hrolf Kraki

The Saga of King Hrolf Kraki

Paperback Penguin Classics

By (author) Jesse L. Byock

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  • Publisher: PENGUIN CLASSICS
  • Format: Paperback | 144 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 194mm x 12mm | 100g
  • Publication date: 1 February 1999
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 014043593X
  • ISBN 13: 9780140435931
  • Sales rank: 138,876

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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 myths from the Viking age and far earlier.

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Jesse Byock has also translated the Saga of Volsungs, published by Penguin.