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Hrolf Kraki's Saga

3.95  ·  Rating Details  ·  321 Ratings  ·  27 Reviews
Poul Anderson has long been known for his love affair with the legends and myths of the great Norse heroes. Coordinating, translating, re-telling the scattered heroic literature could only be the work of a scholar and a lover of the genre. That Mr. Anderson also happens to be a talented writer is our great good luck. Ballantine Books Adult Fantasy Series is proud to presen ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 261 pages
Published October 1973 by Ballantine
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Apr 28, 2016 Mangrii rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3,75 / 5

A través de ocho historias intergeneracionales narradas por una mujer llamada Gunnvor al rey ingles Aethelstan en el siglo X, descubriremos la saga de Hrolf Kraki, rey de los Skioldungos y conoceremos la historia de sus valerosos guerreros. Así conoceremos la historia del rey Haldan y su malvado hermano Frodhi; el reinado de los hermanos Hroar y Helgi, la historia del héroe tuerto Svipdag, la historia de la desventurada Yrsa, el maldito y poderoso Bjarki, la vengativa y misteriosa Skuld
Apr 02, 2012 Terry rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: lovers of Nordic myth
I find Poul Anderson pretty uneven. I tend to either really like his books, or be left cold by them. I also tend to enjoy his fantasy much more than his science fiction (for which he is probably better known). This book is obviously in the former camp. For my money it's probably his best book (even better than _The Broken Sword_ or _Three Hearts & Three Lions_ which mine a similar vein). In essence this is a novelisation of the fragmentary saga tales of the Danish King Hrolf Kraki. Pulling t ...more
Feb 10, 2016 Lyn rated it liked it
Poul Anderson has demonstrated his passion for Norse mythology in several of his works and throughout his prolific career, most notably The Broken Sword and Three Hearts and Three Lions.

In 1973 he published Hrolf Kraki's Saga, a fictionalized re-telling of the ancient Danish saga, which was a contemporary tale with Beowulf. Anderson mentions the more recognized hero in his saga and introduces readers to this legend.

Drawing from multiple sources, Anderson recreates and gives life to Hrolf Kraki’s
Jun 25, 2011 Nikki rated it really liked it
Poul Anderson's retelling of Hrolf Kraki's Saga didn't fill me with an obsessive enthusiasm like Three Hearts and Three Lions did, or like The Broken Sword did. Part of that is my familiarity with the story, I think: Three Hearts and Three Lions and The Broken Sword surprised me. Hrolf Kraki's Saga is relatively faithful to its source material, even near-quoting it in places, though it puts more flesh on the rather spare saga-style of the original versions, and gets further into characters' feel ...more
Mientras Leo
Apr 09, 2016 Mientras Leo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
toda una sorpresa. Lo he disfrutado mucho, con esa mezcla entre lo histórico, épico y las leyendas.
Alexander Páez
Apr 05, 2016 Alexander Páez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasía, 2016
@leerunas Muy grande Poul Anderson adaptando una de las sagas más famosas, equiparable a Beowulf. Tiene algunos detalles dudosos, pero en general me ha parecido excelente. Gran decisión de Runas de reeditar este clásico. Este 2016 parece el año de las relecturas (primero Hyperion, y ahora Hrolf Kraki)
Apr 21, 2016 Sary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hoy os traigo La Saga de Hrolf Kraki; una joya rescatada por Alianza Editorial que nos transporta a una remota Dinamarca en la que los antiguos nórdicos convivían entre violencia, dioses, criaturas mágicas, honor y riquezas.

La narración se produce en tercera persona, y se nos relata la historia de la familia real de los Skioldungos, comenzando por el rey Frodhi el Pacificador. Durante 8 capítulos, el autor nos relata las cruentas batallas y las aventuras que acontecen a los familiares y mejores
Maria Teresa
Apr 01, 2016 Maria Teresa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
La reseña completa en

"Los hombres buscan ganar fama para que su memoria no muera con ellos".

Dioses, sacrificios, trolls, elfos de luz y elfos oscuros, brujería, hechizos, espadas mágicas, monstruos, maldiciones, madrastras malvadas, todas y cada una de las historias están plagadas de detalles impresionantes, donde las fronteras entre la realidad y la ficción se desdibujan y nada es fácil, la violencia es la moneda común, la venganza un estilo de vida y el
Mikel Murillo
Apr 22, 2016 Mikel Murillo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Con aspecto histórico casi excelente, nos meteremos de lleno en un mundo de violencia, venganza, intriga..., la prosa es comprensible con un estilo muy marcado, y al tratarse de un libro tan corto lo leeremos en menos de lo que imaginamos. ha encantado la manera de crear la historia, es curioso como el autor ha cogido diferentes relatos y los ha entrelazado de forma que tengan relación, haciendo que cada escena sea fascinante, una libro muy interesante.
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Pots llegir-ne la ressenya en català a El Biblionauta (CA)

O si lo prefieres también puedes leer la reseña en español en El Biblionauta (ES)
Mar 07, 2016 Javir11 rated it liked it
Primero de todo me gustaría decir que en lineas generales me ha gustado la novela y solo la irregularidad de alguna de sus partes ha conseguido que no le pusiera cuatro estrellas.

Y es que Anderson nos relata esta épica historia en siete relatos o cuentos auto conclusivos. Por lo que podemos toparnos con algunos de ellos muy interesantes y otros bastante aburridos, sobre todo los primeros en los que nos explican los antepasados del rey danes.

La mezcla de novela historica, con toques de fantasía y
Chris Duval
The text is a compromise between evoking the old and resembling it:
--"...for he's the most bold, wise, openhanded and splendid of kings in the Northlands. More did he have to say, until Bjarki agreed." The old would have gone on at length, even if it were repeating previous information
--Motivations are given by narrator-psych interpreters, a modern custom, but the interpretation is shallow (and the author chose--see his introduction). And he does not neglect using the pre-modern: motives given b
Jul 25, 2015 Barry rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
A great retelling of the myth of the tragic Viking King. Dark, sad and beautiful. Desperate battles, bitter feuds, doomed love and the end of everything.
Mike (the Paladin)
Oct 11, 2009 Mike (the Paladin) rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
An attempt at modern "saga" from a female (apparently) bard or skald. It didn't make a big impression on me, but was well liked when it came out.
Feb 01, 2016 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall well done. Suffers from it being a little difficult to remember this number of characters and their particular craziness and from the outlook of the time & culture (e.g., the treatment of women is less than ideal... but it would be). Really fascinating in many ways, and I think Poul Anderson did well with the material.
Dave Cluness
Jan 11, 2016 Dave Cluness rated it it was amazing
Fantastic! A little slow to begin with, but when it gets to Bjorn, Bjarki, and all that follows, it gets truly epic.
Robin Hobb
Mar 23, 2013 Robin Hobb rated it it was amazing
This translation of Hrolf Kraki's saga was given to me as a battered paperback by a friend I'd only met once at that time. I was sitting in a Shari's restaurant with my family, celebrating a baptism, when Sean Glenn walked up to me and handed me a book. "You'll like this," he told me.

Oh, and I did I.

This is a tale that tells you what the characters did, and what happened. It is up to the reader to supply what they felt and what they thought. For me, that meant it was a total immersion experienc
Apr 28, 2016 Leona rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: leídos-2016
No conocía a este héroe danés ni su historia, recogida en un poema épico en el que el autor se basa para escribir esta novela (tomándose sus licencias, claro), pero me ha resultado de lo más apasionante. Héroes, guerras, disputas familiares, seres sobrenaturales, dioses... todo ello narrado de tal manera que me transportó directamente a los salones del rey Aethelstan donde Gunnvor cuenta este relato.

Reseña completa:
Norman Howe
May 22, 2015 Norman Howe rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Anderson has done an excellent job on this saga.
Feb 12, 2016 Rose added it
I enjoyed it. Poul Anderson did a nice job of bringing the old sagas to life for me.
Jan 03, 2015 Sandy rated it it was amazing
A great retelling of an old Danish saga.
Jul 15, 2008 Henry rated it liked it
This is the telling of the tale of Hrolf, legendary King of Denmark. The first third actually deals with his ancestors and how he came to be king. The book then tells the tale of his life and death. I used to read almost exclusively science fiction and fantasy so this was really just a piece of candy after all the "real" literature I've been reading lately. Not one of the best, but a nice interlude.

Kevin Futers
Apr 01, 2012 Kevin Futers rated it really liked it
A faithful re-telling of the original story, largely following the saga of the same name with additional material and revisions drawn from Old English and Scandinavian poetry and prose stories.

The style is a little heavy going at times but the modern retelling gains from the original in the more careful introduction of secondary characters whose familiarity to the original audience has been lost over the centuries.
Jun 06, 2012 Jack rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a book that kindled my interest in Asatru. It is a fictionalize account of Danish mythology about the Vikings and the life of one of their leaders.

It's well written, short and makes you crave more information. Poul Anderson was one of the best at fictionalized history.
Allyson Shaw
May 07, 2015 Allyson Shaw rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
A beautiful re telling, the language often echoing the rhythm and poetry of the older sources. I was rapt. As with the best fantasy, one feels as if you are listening to a midwinter tale, told by firelight. Once finished I immediately wanted to read it again.
Jul 18, 2008 Charles rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Another outstanding heroic fantasy.
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Pseudonym A. A. Craig, Michael Karageorge, Winston P. Sanders, P. A. Kingsley.

Poul William Anderson was an American science fiction author who began his career during one of the Golden Ages of the genre and continued to write and remain popular into the 21st century. Anderson also authored several works of fantasy, historical novels, and a prodigious number of short stories. He received numerous a
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