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Table Of Contents

What the Sagas Were
The Baby
The Tooth Thrall
Olaf's Farm
Olaf's Fight With Havard
Foes'-fear
Harald is King
Harald's Battle
Gyda's Saucy Message
The Sea Fight
King Harald's Wedding
King Harald Goes West-Over-Seas
Homes in Iceland
Eric the Red
Leif and His New Land
Wineland the Good
Descriptive Notes
Suggestions to Teachers
A Reading List
GEOGRAPHY
CUSTOMS
MYTHOLOGY
INCIDENTS
CREDIBILITY OF STORY
OTHER SAGAS EASILY ACCESSIBLE
A Pronouncing Index
A GUIDE TO PRONUNCIATION
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Viking Tales by Jennie Hall

Viking Tales by Jennie Hall

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This book has been especially republished to raise funds for charity.

In ancient Iceland every midsummer there was a great meeting. Men from all over the country came and made laws. During the day there were rest times, when no business was going on. Then some skald would take his harp and walk to a large stone or a knoll and stand on it and begin a song of some brave deed of an old Norse hero. At the first sound of the harp and the voice, men would come running from all directions, crying out:

"A skald! A skald! A saga!"

There they would stand for hours listening and shouting applause. When the skald was tired, another would take his place. The best skalds were well travelled and visited many people. Their songs made them welcome everywhere. They were always honoured with good seats at a feast and were given many rich gifts. Even the King of Norway was known to sometimes send across the water to Iceland for a skald to attend his court.

Initially these tales, or sagas, were not written for few men wrote or read in those days. When at last people began to read and write, they first recorded the sagas on sheepskin, or vellum. Many of these old vellum books have been saved for hundreds of years and are now in museums in Norway. Some leaves have been lost, some are torn and all are yellow and crumpled. But they are precious. They tell us all that we know about that olden time. There are the very words that the men of Iceland wrote so long ago—stories of kings and of battles and of ship-sailing. Some of those old stories have been told in this book.
This book has been especially republished to raise funds for charity.

In ancient Iceland every midsummer there was a great meeting. Men from all over the country came and made laws. During the day there were rest times, when no business was going on. Then some skald would take his harp and walk to a large stone or a knoll and stand on it and begin a song of some brave deed of an old Norse hero. At the first sound of the harp and the voice, men would come running from all directions, crying out:

"A skald! A skald! A saga!"

There they would stand for hours listening and shouting applause. When the skald was tired, another would take his place. The best skalds were well travelled and visited many people. Their songs made them welcome everywhere. They were always honoured with good seats at a feast and were given many rich gifts. Even the King of Norway was known to sometimes send across the water to Iceland for a skald to attend his court.

Initially these tales, or sagas, were not written for few men wrote or read in those days. When at last people began to read and write, they first recorded the sagas on sheepskin, or vellum. Many of these old vellum books have been saved for hundreds of years and are now in museums in Norway. Some leaves have been lost, some are torn and all are yellow and crumpled. But they are precious. They tell us all that we know about that olden time. There are the very words that the men of Iceland wrote so long ago—stories of kings and of battles and of ship-sailing. Some of those old stories have been told in this book.

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