Composed in medieval Iceland, Hrolf’s Saga is one of the greatest of all mythic- legendary sagas, relating half-fantastical events that were said to have occurred . Hrolf Kraki’s Saga has ratings and 50 reviews. Lyn said: Poul Anderson has demonstrated his passion for Norse mythology in several of his works and t. The Saga of Hrolf Kraki (Hrólfs saga kraka) is a 13th century Icelandic Legendary Saga about the legendary Danish king Hrolf Kraki, who would have .
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Hrolf Kraki’s Saga by Poul Anderson. Poul Anderson has long been known for his love affair with the legends and myths of the great Norse heroes.
Coordinating, translating, re-telling the scattered heroic literature could only be the work of a scholar and a lover of the genre. Anderson also happens to be a talented writer is our great good luck. Ballantine Books Adult Fantasy Series is proud to presen Poul Anderson has long been known for his love affair with the legends and myths of the great Norse heroes.
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It looks like it was not published in hardcover but, as we know, Ballantine Adult Fantasy like other publishers that followed the same model, operated under a license whereby it only published paperbacks a year after the original work was yrolf in hardcover. Fraser Sherman No, Ballantine actually published a lot of books that came out in paperback first. A lot of genre publishers did that because the market for hardback …more No, Ballantine actually published a lot of books that came out in paperback first.
A lot of genre publishers did that because the market for hardback specfic wasn’t there at the time. See 1 question about Kraoi Kraki’s Saga…. Lists with This Book. Jan 31, Lyn rated it liked it. Poul Anderson has demonstrated his passion for Norse mythology in several of his works and throughout his prolific career, most notably The Broken Sword and Three Hearts and Three Lions.
In he published Hrolf Kraki’s Saga, a fictionalized re-telling of the ancient Danish saga, which was a contemporary tale with Beowulf. Anderson mentions the more recognized hero in his saga and introduces readers to this legend. Anderson uses the saga format but adds action and detail to make this an enjoyable historic fiction with magical realism elements reminiscent of Jack Vance.
This was good enough to be a British Fantasy Award Winner for A good book for Norse legend enthusiasts, Tolkien fans, sword and sorcery readers and a must read for Anderson fans. View all 7 comments. Jul 23, Terry rated it really liked it Recommends it for: I find Poul Anderson pretty uneven. I tend to either really like his books, or be left cold by them. I krakl tend to enjoy his fantasy much more than his science fiction for which he is probably better known. This book is obviously in the former camp.
In essence this is a novelisation of the fragmentary saga tales of the Danish King Hrolf Kraki.
Hrolf Kraki’s Saga by Poul Anderson
Pulling t I find Poul Anderson pretty uneven. Pulling together elements from various sources, Anderson creates a unified tale of a Nordic King Arthur I think that Anderson’s greatest achievement here is his ability to convincingly portray the world of the mythic North. He gives us vivid details that truly bring it to life and the harsh grandeur of Midgard is effectively protrayed as equal parts the land of men and playground of the gods.
It’s a work that, for me at least, really captures that “Northern thing” that so enamoured Tolkien and Lewis sqga satisfies me when Holf hungering for such a thing myself. The characters are sufficiently mythic, yet still flawed and human enough to hold the reader’s interest and the encroachment of the supernatural into the human world is never overdone, displaying the characteristic wildness and unpredictability of the sagas yrolf which they come.
Poul Anderson nos narra un complejo en tapiz hroof las historias de entrecruzan y comparten protagonistas, creando un tapiz lleno de traiciones, odios, amores, venganzas, combates, guerras, magia y muertes no paran de suceder en solo hojas.
Anderson brolf in gaps and tried to reconcile contradictions in the source materials. The titular Hrolf Kraki plays a large role in the tale, but the book is more than a mere biography, as Hrolf comes in late in the book. This book is a sprawling, multi-generational tale that includes the typical Norse battle scenes mixed in with some mythology and eldritch magic and sorcery.
Hrolf Kraki’s Saga
Jun 15, Nikki rated it really liked it Shelves: Part of that is my familiarity with the story, I think: Hrolf Kraki’s Saga is relatively faithful to its source material, even near-quoting it in places, though it puts more flesh on the rather spare saga-style of the original versions, and gets further into characters’ feel Poul Anderson’s retelling of Hrolf Kraki’s Saga didn’t fill me with an obsessive enthusiasm like Three Hearts and Three Lions did, or like The Broken Sword did.
Hrolf Kraki’s Saga is relatively faithful to its source material, even near-quoting it in places, though it puts more flesh on the rather spare saga-style of the original versions, and gets further into characters’ feelings and motivations. Poul Anderson’s introduction is helpful, too, contextualising the story a little and explaining his decisions for the frame story of a tenth century female storyteller, etc.
The style he used in The Broken Sword would’ve been more appropriate here, in a sense, since this is a retelling of a Norse saga — but it would have rendered it somewhat pointless, as the point was to put flesh on the bones.
I think it worked very well: It made the characters more comprehensible, and less ambiguous, and therefore probably more accessible for readers who’re more modern in sensibility and not interested in the kind hrrolf narration typical in Norse sagas. It didn’t blow me away, like I said, but it’s still well worth reading — particularly if you’re interested in Hrolf Kraki but deterred by saga-style and the difficulty of fitting the whole story together and understanding why everything happens as it does.
The Matter of the Norse? But I suppose in a way the Matter of the Norse would involve Sigurd, considering how that story has survived hrrolf comparison. Tiene hrolt detalles dudosos, pero en general me ha parecido excelente. Nov 22, Jason M Waltz rated it really liked it.
I must admit and the reason 4 stars instead of 5 to growing bored mid-book. Anderson delivers on a wonderful tradition of the lore of heroes. Thoroughly remarkable from the kraik. Hrolf Kraki is a central figure but one at the center of a tapestry; to understand his story is to must understand his father, mother, and sister view spoiler [hint: It is sprawling and yet woven and each seeming digression returns to Hrolf Kraki. Jan 08, Kilian Metcalf rated it really liked it.
This retelling of the Danish Sagas by Poul Anderson is very true to the original, even to the point of starting generations before the title character comes kraku the scene.
No one lives in a vacuum and one hero’s life has roots in the past. Generations of betrayals and heroics led up to the point where Hrolf appears, and they all have a part in making his destiny. Our benefit is having someone like Poul Anderson to make the legends accessible to our time. I confess, though, that I liked Three Heart This retelling of the Danish Sagas by Poul Anderson is very true to the original, even to the point of starting generations before the title character comes on the scene.
Apr 26, Jordan rated it really liked it. Poul Anderson brings this kfaki saga to life with modern hrol that still manages to capture the original spirit and cadence. Dec 24, David Fackelman rated it it was amazing. Hrolf Kraki’s Saga by Pohl Anderson hrol a wonderful book.
The book encapsulates the history of Hrolf Kraki from his earliest known ancestry to his passing from the world. Krako have not read an actual translation of the compilation of the ancient Danish manuscripts which date from as far back as the s but from the krxki in which Mr. Anderson put his story together I assume he followed the fragmentary source documents more closely than not, so I believe one will get as respectably accurate an unders Hrolf Kraki’s Saga by Pohl Anderson is a wonderful book.
Anderson put his story together I assume he followed the fragmentary source documents more closely than not, so I believe one will get as respectably accurate an understanding of the Hrokf Kraki myth as one would from any extant source. The style sometimes, particularly early in the book, reads like a basic genealogy such as: Anderson begins to delve more deeply into the lives of Hrolf Kraki’s ancestors within a couple generations of him although throughout the ancestral history the stage is being set for who, what and how Hrolf Kraki will be.
The prose is engaging and colorful and although the book is relatively short, the world and the characters are well developed and well described. The Norse myths are wonderfully adventurous, magical, imaginative and absolutely swga they have an impressive feel and flavor all their own when compared to Greek, Arthurian or Celtic myths.
Ultimately Hrolf Kraki is the pinnacle hro,f the kingship of the ancient Danes and his complex story as presented by Pohl Anderson is wonderfully good reading. A must-read for fans of epic or heroic myths. Mar 02, Robin Hobb rated it it was amazing. This translation of Hrolf Kraki’s saga was given to me as a battered paperback by a friend I’d only met once at zaga time. I was sitting in a Shari’s restaurant with my family, celebrating a baptism, when Sean Glenn walked up to me and handed me a book.
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Oh, and I did I. This is a tale that tells you what the characters did, and what happened. It is up to the reader to supply what they felt and what they thought. For me, that meant it was a total immersion experienc This translation of Hrolf Kraki’s saga was given to me as a battered paperback by a friend I’d only hrolff once at that time.
For me, that meant it was a total immersion experience. The gift of a book that does that to you never a thing hrofl be forgotten! Jul 17, Charles rated it it was amazing Shelves: Another outstanding heroic fantasy. Oct 11, Mike the Paladin rated it liked it Shelves: An attempt at modern “saga” from a female apparently bard or skald. It didn’t make a big impression on me, but was well hrrolf when it came out.