The Sagas of Olaf Tryggvason and of Harald The Tyrant (Harald Haardraade)

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Author: Snorri Sturlson
Language: English
Wordcount: 71,395 / 203 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 70.4
LoC Category: BL
Downloads: 1,748
Added to site: 2007.07.18
mnybks.net#: 17670
Genre: Myth
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ould become King of half of what pertained unto Denmark, nor yet of his father Horda-Knut (Hardicanute), nor again of Sigurd Snake-i'-the-eye, nor of Ragnar Lodbrok; & so great was his fury that none dared parley with him.

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¶ Thence came it that his own position was now even less than before to the liking of Gold Harald, for no kingdom had he any more than aforetime; while to this was added the wrath of the King. So went he to his friend Hakon and made wail of his plight unto him, and besought of him good counsel, if he had such to give him, as to how he might become possessed of the realm; and he said he was minded to seek his kingdom by force of arms. Then Hakon bade him not breathe word of this to anyone lest it should become known: 'It might cost thee thy life,' he said.

'Bethink thee diligently what thy strength is, for he who would risk so great a venture must be high-hearted and dauntless, shirking neither the good nor the evil, so that to which he hath set h

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