The Saga of the Jomsvikings

Paperback | January 1, 1988

Translated byLee M. HollanderIllustratorMalcolm Thurgood

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In A.D. 986, Earl Hákon, ruler of most of Norway, won a triumphant victory over an invading fleet of Danes in the great naval battle of Hjórunga Bay. Sailing under his banner were no fewer than five Icelandic skalds, the poet-historians of the Old Norse world. Two centuries later their accounts of the battle became the basis for one of the liveliest of the Icelandic sagas, with special emphasis on the doings of the Jómsvikings, the famed members of a warrior community that feared no one and dared all. In Lee M. Hollander's faithful translation, all of the unknown twelfth-century author's narrative genius and flair for dramatic situation and pungent characterization is preserved.

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In the year A.D. 986, Earl Hakon, ruler of most of Norway, won a triumphant victory over an invading fleet of Danes in the great naval battle of Hjorunga Bay. Sailing under his banner were were were no fewer than five Icelandic skalds, the poet-historians of the Old Norse world. Like good war correspondence of the present, they went ho...

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In A.D. 986, Earl Hákon, ruler of most of Norway, won a triumphant victory over an invading fleet of Danes in the great naval battle of Hjórunga Bay. Sailing under his banner were no fewer than five Icelandic skalds, the poet-historians of the Old Norse world. Two centuries later their accounts of the battle became the basis for one of...

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In the year A.D. 986, Earl Hakon, ruler of most of Norway, won a triumphant victory over an invading fleet of Danes in the great naval battle of Hjorunga Bay. Sailing under his banner were were were no fewer than five Icelandic skalds, the poet-historians of the Old Norse world. Like good war correspondence of the present, they went ho...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:116 pages, 7.47 × 5.38 × 0.35 inPublished:January 1, 1988Publisher:University Of Texas Press

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ISBN - 10:0292776233

ISBN - 13:9780292776234

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ForewordIntroduction1. Knút the Foundling2. King Gorm's Dreams3. Earl Harold's Visions4. Knút Gormsson Is Slain in England5. King Harold and Earl Hákon Plot Together6. King Harold Has Áki Tókason Slain7. Palnir's Marriage. The Rise of Palnatóki8. Of King Harold and Saumaesa9. Svein's Dealings with King Harold10. Palnatóki Slays King Harold and Proclaims Svein King11. Palnatóki Acknowledges His Arrow12. The Founding of Jómsborg13. Of Earl Strút-Harold and Véseti and Their Sons14. King Svein Arbitrates the Feud15. Búi, Sigvaldi, and Vagn Join the Jómsvikings16. Of Palnatóki's Death and Sigvaldi's Ambition17. Sigvaldi Captures King Svein18. The Vows of the Jómsvikings19. Geirmund Escapes and Warns Earl Hákon20. Preparations for the Battle 21. The Battle22. The Aftermath23. The Testing of the Jómsvikings24. Of Vagn, Sigvaldi, and the Other Jómsvikings

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In the year A.D. 986, Earl Hakon, ruler of most of Norway, won a triumphant victory over an invading fleet of Danes in the great naval battle of Hjorunga Bay. Sailing under his banner were were were no fewer than five Icelandic skalds, the poet-historians of the Old Norse world. Like good war correspondence of the present, they went home after the battle to relate what they had seen and heard; and, being poets as well as reporters, no doubt they seasoned their versions well with imagination.