By Poul Anderson
A story of battles, betrayals, revenge, magic, and monsters: the traditional legend of the fabled sixth-century Danish king, retold via an acclaimed grasp of technology fiction and fantasy
In the court docket of the Anglo-Saxon king, a traveling storyteller regales the assembled nobles with the spell binding story of her far flung land's such a lot respected hero: the Viking Hrolf Kraki. Born of an incestuous union right into a royal kin with a historical past of violence, jealousy, usurpation, and homicide, Hrolf assembled a faithful band of the mightiest champions within the realm and elevated his small nation via knowledge, braveness, and conquest. Unbeaten at the battlefield, his nice deeds and victories turned legends in the course of the North as he ushered in an period of peace and prosperity. yet Hrolf's hope for vengeance used to be ever the warrior-king's motive force, as he sought the reality approximately his father's homicide. This obsession could threaten Hrolf's lifestyles and his rule—and finally convey his nice country to ruin.
Poul Anderson, one of many said giants of twentieth-century delusion and technological know-how fiction, employs his remarkable storytelling skills to carry Denmark's so much exciting historical legend to lifestyles. A story that predates the tales of King Arthur and his knights and Shakespeare's Hamlet, whereas echoing the Oedipus and Beowulf myths, the saga of Hrolf Kraki, the best of all Danish Viking kings, takes on a brand new and breathtaking richness during this vintage novel that used to be venerated with a British myth Award in 1974.