Viking Tales

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Viking Tales by Jennie Hall

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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.

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mouth and forked tongue thrust out. I painted the eyes red for anger.

"'There, stand so!' I said, 'and glare and hiss at my foes.'

"In the stern I curved the tail up almost as high as the head. There I put the pilot's seat and a strong tiller for the rudder. On the breast and sides I carved the dragon's scales. Then I painted it all black and on the tip of every scale I put gold. I called her 'Waverunner.' There she sat on the rollers, as fair a ship as I ever saw.

"The night that it was finished I went to my father's feast. After the meats were eaten and the mead-horns came round, I stood up from my bench and raised my drinking-horn[3] high and spoke with a great voice:

"'This is my vow: I will sail to Norway and I will harry the coast and fill my boat with riches. Then I will get me a farm and will winter in that land. Now who will follow me?'

"'He is but a boy,' the men said. 'He has opened his mouth wider than he can do.'

"But others jumped to their feet with the

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