Saga of the Jomsvikings (Google eBook)

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University of Texas Press, Jul 5, 2010 - Literary Criticism
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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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User Review  - DinadansFriend - LibraryThing

The story, perhaps historical ,about the rise of Swein Forkbeard, and the Earl Haakon of Lade. There's some tough guy humour, as well. This saga was written about 1200 CE. Read full review

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User Review  - Bradley Hood - Goodreads

The Saga of the Jomsvikings is an absolutely essential primary source for historical and cultural study of the Scandinavians in the 10th Century CE. As always, the historian should beware the accuracy ... Read full review

Contents

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IV
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V
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VI
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VII
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VIII
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X
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XV
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XVI
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XVII
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XIX
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XXI
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XI
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XII
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XIII
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XIV
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XXIII
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