Sunday, 23 September 2012

Hrolf Kraki's Saga And War Of The Gods

(i) Poul Anderson's Hrolf Kraki's Saga (New York, 1973) summarises the origin of the Skjoldungs who figure in this book and in his War Of Gods.

(ii) Like War Of The Gods, the Saga presents, in an early Chapter, a political geography of Northern Europe of the time.

(iii) Of one Skjoldung king of Denmark, it is said:

"...that a maiden might carry a sackful of gold from end to end of his realm and be safe." (p. 7)

This claim was made of Cyrus the Great in Anderson's Time Patrol Series. The same claim, without the sack of gold, was made of King Hadding in War Of The Gods.

(iv) Hadding makes peace between Skjoldungs and Ynglings although the Saga tells us that between these dynasties there was "...scant love and much bloodshed." (p. 7)

I expect to find more cross-references but have only reread as far as page 7 of the Saga.

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