Although based on historical persons from the ninth century, Ragnar Lodbrok and his sons are the subjects of compelling legends dating from the Viking era. Warriors, raiders, and rulers, Ragnar and his sons inspired unknown writers to set down their stories over seven centuries ago. This volume presents new and original translations of the three major Old Norse texts that tell Ragnar's story: The Saga of Ragnar Lodbrok, The Tale of Ragnar's Sons, and The Sögubrot. Ragnar's death song, the "Krákumál," completes the story. Extensive notes and commentary are provided, helping listeners enter the world of these timeless stories of Viking adventure.
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I'm not sure what i expected, i knew this was a translation of ancient norse sagas, and ray chase has the most wonderful voice, yet i feel somehow disappointed. perhaps the Vikings series and modern beginning-middle-end story telling has distorted my attention, but this was quite hard going. the same stories are told several times but with slight differences. none of the tales left me thinking that Ragnar was the prototype hero. there was nothing about his association with Odin the wanderer, or magick. yet i wanted to listen to the end.
"Totally Viking "
a must read if you truly love Viking stores. this book was totally freaking AWWWESOME!
"If you like the History Channel's "Vikings"..."
...Then you'll probably like this. It's a retelling of three surviving stories from Old Norse texts. Some of the characters from the show are there as viewers would know them; Others take different forms from story to story, but all have fates intertwined with Ragnar and his children. The seeds of the television show are definitely here, and Ragnar is no less enigmatic and entertaining than he is on television.
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