The Heimskringla: Or, The Sagas of the Norse Kings from the Icelandic of Snorre Sturlason, Volume 4

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J. C. Nimmo, 1889 - America
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Page 2 - Our lads together down with oars, The splash is echoed round the shores. " Their oars our king's men handle well, One stroke is all the eye can tell: All level o'er the water rise; The girls look on in sweet surprise. Such things, they think, can ne'er give way; They little know the battle-day.
Page 34 - He saw her pass over the whole fleet; — by each of the three hundred ships he saw her ; and a fowl sat on the stern of each ship, and that fowl was a raven; and he heard...
Page 168 - The king's son Magnus replies, "I will not go to Ireland about it; we are wagering here, and not there." Harald on this went to bed, and would not speak to him more about it. This was in Oslo. The following morning, when the early mass was over, Magnus rode up the street, and sent a message to Harald to come to him. When Harald came he was dressed thus. He had on a shirt and trousers which were bound with ribands under his foot-soles, a short cloak, an Irish hat on his head, and a spear-shaft in...
Page 122 - ... the stem, stern, and hull of each. In these boats as many men went as could find room, and then the boats were lowered by the ropes down in front of the mouth of the cave; and the men in the boats shot with stones and missiles into the cave, and the heathens were thus driven from the stone wall. Then Sigurd with his troops climbed up the precipice to the foot of the stone wall, which they succeeded in breaking down, so that they came into the cave. Now the heathens fled within the stone wall...
Page 92 - Kirk there, but did not go in, but instantly locked the door again, and said that no man should be so bold as to go into that church hereafter; which has been the case ever since. From thence King Magnus sailed to Islay, where he plundered and burnt; and when he had taken that country he proceeded south around Cantire, marauding on both sides in Scotland and Ireland, and advanced with his foray to Man, where he plundered. So says Bjorn...
Page 122 - His ships' stems fly To victory. The bluemen there Must fire bear, And Norsemen's steel At their hearts feel. And also thus: 'Twas a feat of renown — The boat lowered down, With a boat's crew brave, In front of the cave ; While up the rock scaling, And comrades up trailing, The Norsemen gain, And the bluemen are slain.
Page 32 - Norway and ordered out a levy of one-half of all the men in Norway able to carry arms. When this became generally known, there were many guesses about what might be the end of this expedition. Some reckoned up King Harald's great achievements, and thought he was also the man who could accomplish this. Others, again, said that England was difficult to attack; that it was very full of people; and the men-at-arms, who were called Thingmen, were so brave, that one of them was better than two of Harald's...
Page 126 - To Jerusalem he came, He who loves war's noble game, (The scald no greater monarch finds Beneath the heaven's wide hall of winds) All sin and evil from him flings In Jordan's wave : for all his sins (Which all must praise) he pardon wins.
Page 94 - The one shaft hit the nose-screen of the helmet, which was bent by it on one side, and the other arrow hit the earl's eye, and went through his head, and that was found to be the king's. Earl Hugo fell, and the English fled, with the loss of many people.
Page 150 - Do you remember that I could drag you under water, when we swam together, as often as I pleased ? "

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