Heimskringla: History of the Kings of Norway

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University of Texas Press, Jul 5, 2010 - Literary Criticism - 880 pages
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Beginning with the dim prehistory of the mythical gods and their descendants, Heimskringla recounts the history of the kings of Norway through the reign of Olaf Haraldsson, who became Norway's patron saint. Once found in most homes and schools and still regarded as a national treasure, Heimskringla influenced the thinking and literary style of Scandinavia over several centuries.

 

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User Review  - dylkit - LibraryThing

Ignore the rather suspect black gothic text against a red background - this is an interesting book. So far, the first bit, "The Saga of the Ynglings" consists of along series of basically crap kings ... Read full review

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User Review  - Henning_Hartung - LibraryThing

While it is a great book to read for a glimpse of what was happening in Scandinavia in the dark ages, it is interesting to read it in conjunction with the Anglo-Saxon Chronicles where their timelines cross and events are mentioned from both sides. Read full review

Contents

Snorris Foreword
3
The Saga of the Ynglings
6
The Saga of Hálfdan the Black
51
The Saga of Harald Fairhair
59
The Saga of Hákon the Good
96
The Saga of Harald Graycloak
128
The Saga of Óláf Tryggvason
144
Saint Óláfs Saga
245
The Saga of Óláf the Gentle
664
The Saga of Magnús Barelegs
668
The Saga of the Sons of Magnús
688
The Saga of Magnús the Blind and Harald Gilli
715
The Saga of the Sons of Harald
736
The Saga of Hákon the Broadshouldered
768
The Saga of Magnús Erlingsson
789
Index
827

The Saga of Magnús the Good
538
The Saga of Harald Sigurtharson Hardruler
577

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