For centuries the songs of Homer, the blind poet of Greece, recounting the heroic deeds of great Hector and lion-hearted Achilles, have delighted the children, young and old, of many lands. But part of our own heritage, and nearer to us in race and time, are these stories of Beowulf and Frithiof.The records of lives nobly lived are an inspiration to noble living. With the hope that the courage, truth, endurance, reverence, and patriotism shown by these heroes of the Northland will arouse interest and emulation, this little book is offered to our children.
peace and in war sworn to help and avenge each other.
King Helge and Frithiof
In the spring Frithiof sailed in his dragon ship proudly over the billows to the palace of King Helge. The kings had met at the mound of their father to give justice to their people.
To them came Frithiof and proudly he spoke: "Ye kings, I choose here from all women your sister, the lovely Ingeborg, to be my bride. The good king, your father, wished us to marry, and therefore reared us together in the garden of Hilding. My father was of peasant birth, yet his memory will live in the songs of the poets, for he and his father were the bravest of heroes.
"Full easily could I win a kingdom for myself, but I choose to stay in my own country and serve ye, my kings.
"On King Bele's grave we are standing now, He hears every word in the grave below, With thee he pleadeth.-- A dead father's counsel a wise son heedeth."
[Illustration: Frithiof asking for Ingeborg]
But King Helge refused Fr