Styrbiorn the Strong (Google eBook)

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U of Minnesota Press, 2011 - Fiction - 274 pages
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E. R. Eddison’s classic saga novel now in paperback—includes for the first time Eddison’s remarkable letter of introduction and his unabridged closing note

Styrbiorn the Strongtells the grand tale of Styrbiorn Olafsson, heir to the Swedish throne and known both for his impressive size and strength and his unruly, quarrelsome nature. Denied his birthright and exiled from Sweden, Styrbiorn becomes the leader of the Jomsvikings and sets out to reclaim the Swedish throne in the epic Battle of Fýrisvellir. A rediscovered classic,Styrbiorn the Strongis a tale reminiscent of the Old Norse sagas, a historical novel from one of the twentieth century’s most influential masters of fantasy.

  

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User Review  - dulac3 - LibraryThing

Another love-it-or-hate-it book. Mannered in its language, weird in so many ways, and chock-full of larger than life characters acting in ways that most people just don't get. If you have a problem ... Read full review

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User Review  - questbird - LibraryThing

It took me a while to read this book, partly because of the flowery Elizabethan language. I understood it, and it was written well, but like rich chocolate it could only be digested in small portions ... Read full review

Contents

E R Eddisons Unpublished Letter of Introduction to Styrbiorn the Strong
7
AUTHORS NOTE
11
I ON KING OLAFS HOWE
13
II THORGNYR THE LAWMAN
31
III QUEEN SIGRID THE HAUGHTY
45
IV JOMSBURG
57
V YULE IN DENMARK
77
VI THE DANEKINGS DAUGHTER
95
X BROKEN MEATS IN UPSALA
155
XI JOMSBURG SEAWALLS
167
XII THE COWING OF THE DANEKING
175
XIII THE SAILING OF THE FLEET
193
XIV KING ERICS HOSTING
209
XV FYRISFIELD
225
XVI VALHALLA
249
UNABRIDGED CLOSING NOTE
257

VII ERIC AND STYRBIORN
107
VIII THE KING AND THE QUEEN
123
IX A BANQUET IN UPSALA
141
The Writing of Styrbiorn the Strong
263
Copyright

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About the author (2011)

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Eric Rücker Eddison (1882–1945) so loved the William Morris and George Webbe Dasent translations of the Old Norse sagas that he taught himself to read Old Icelandic. He studied classics at Trinity College and went on to write five novels—including the fantasy classic, The Worm Ouroboros.

Paul Edmund Thomas is a literary scholar who has focused most of his work on E. R. Eddison and J. R. R. Tolkien.

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