Warrior Lore

Warrior Lore

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The medieval Scandinavian ballads in this collection tell stories of champions and fighters, vikings, and trolls, drawing on Norse mythology and heroic legend. There are riddles, and there are appearances from Thor, Loki, Sigurd, and other figures from the myths of the Edda and from history.

Narrative ballads were part of an oral folk music tradition in Scandinavia, and were first written down around 1600, although the ballads themselves are older. These new English verse translations are mainly based on Swedish tradition. The hero Widrik Waylandsson comes face to face with a troll in the forest. Thor resorts to cross-dressing in a bid to recover his stolen hammer. The daughter of a King of Sweden is abducted from a convent in the Swedish countryside. A young fighter has to show off his prowess in skiing and shooting for King Harald Hardrada. And more...
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Product details

  • Paperback | 76 pages
  • 148 x 210 x 5mm | 104.33g
  • Carlisle, United Kingdom
  • English
  • ten, full colour
  • 095761201X
  • 9780957612013

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"A charming introduction to Scandinavian Lore." -- Sam Smith, in The Journal (once 'of Contemporary Anglo-Scandinavian Poetry')"Plenty of axe-swinging violence. The narratives value the human virtues of cleverness and competition." -- Matthew Rettino, The Vinciolo Journal"Resplendent with sweeping tales and shield-beating rhythm and meter." -- Liz Ratajczak Ratel
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