Olaf the Glorious

A Story of the Viking Age

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Author: Robert Leighton
Language: English
Wordcount: 89,550 / 246 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 88.3
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 1,670
mnybks.net#: 4328

A Story of Olaf Triggvison, King of Norway, A.D. 995-1000. The following narrative is not so much a story as a biography. My hero is not an imaginary one; he was a real flesh and blood man who reigned as King of Norway just nine centuries ago. The main facts of his adventurous career--his boyhood of slavery in Esthonia, his life at the court of King Valdemar, his wanderings as a viking, the many battles he fought, his conversion to Christianity in England, and his ultimate return to his native land--are set forth in the various Icelandic sagas dealing with the period in which he lived.

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unded a shrill horn as a sign that the ship was about to leave the harbour.

Then Sigurd came ashore and went about the town on the king's business, and he thought no more of the yellow haired slave boy until the evening time.

It chanced then that he was again beside the sea.

Down there on the shore he stood alone, idly watching the white winged seabirds--some floating in their own reflections on the calm pools of water left by the outgoing tide, others seeking food amid the green and crimson weeds that lay in bright patches on the rocks--and often he turned his eyes in the direction of the setting sun, where, in the mid sea, Jarl Klerkon's dragonship moved slowly outward, with her wet oars glistening in the rosy light.

Suddenly from behind him there came a merry childish laugh, and he turned quickly round, and saw very near to him the white clothed slave boy of the gangplank. The lad was standing at the brink of a deep pool of seawater, and had, as it seemed, started a fleet of empty mussel shells

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Average Rating of 4 from 2 reviews: ****

A decent read of a fairly fantastic character. Olaf had a life that is relatively hard to fathom, at various points a slave, viking and king.

The novel is one-sided, showing Harold\\\'s good side, explaining away the zealous excesses after his conversion to Christianity (such as forcing non-christians to swallow poisonous snakes for not converting.

2007.10.27
Aseel Goro
*****

I cant belive no one yet reviewd this book !!! , ITS GLORIOUS in all the possible meanings of this world.

Specially the war parts. its a great book , dont hesitate READ IT.


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