The Saga of the Jomsvikings by Lee M. Hollander

The Saga of the Jomsvikings

Translated byLee M. HollanderIllustratorMalcolm Thurgood

Paperback | January 1, 1988

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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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Lee M. Hollander was Professor of Germanic Languages at the University of Texas at Austin and an authority in Nordic language and literature.
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Title:The Saga of the JomsvikingsFormat: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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Table of Contents

  • Foreword
  • Introduction
  • 1. Knút the Foundling
  • 2. King Gorm's Dreams
  • 3. Earl Harold's Visions
  • 4. Knút Gormsson Is Slain in England
  • 5. King Harold and Earl Hákon Plot Together
  • 6. King Harold Has Áki Tókason Slain
  • 7. Palnir's Marriage. The Rise of Palnatóki
  • 8. Of King Harold and Saumaesa
  • 9. Svein's Dealings with King Harold
  • 10. Palnatóki Slays King Harold and Proclaims Svein King
  • 11. Palnatóki Acknowledges His Arrow
  • 12. The Founding of Jómsborg
  • 13. Of Earl Strút-Harold and Véseti and Their Sons
  • 14. King Svein Arbitrates the Feud
  • 15. Búi, Sigvaldi, and Vagn Join the Jómsvikings
  • 16. Of Palnatóki's Death and Sigvaldi's Ambition
  • 17. Sigvaldi Captures King Svein
  • 18. The Vows of the Jómsvikings
  • 19. Geirmund Escapes and Warns Earl Hákon
  • 20. Preparations for the Battle
  • 21. The Battle
  • 22. The Aftermath
  • 23. The Testing of the Jómsvikings
  • 24. 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.