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Styrbiorn the Strong by E.R. Eddison
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Aug 11, 12

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Read in August, 2012

Eddison is fully enamored with the saga style and setting but his work is not merely a telling of a Scandinavian story in saga form but an exploration of the saga form from a more modern (note: not Modern) perspective. The characterization in particular is extremely compelling; Styrbiorn and Sigrid in particular are characters that develop in fascinating ways and have given me a great deal of thought, particularly as they are likened to Sigurd and Brunhild of the Volsunga Saga. Their character, though, and the themes of the book are very subtle, and I wonder if they are directly approachable without having read or understood much about Norse culture and aesthetic. As for Eddison's particular style I found his prose a little less beautiful than in The Worm Ouroborous (although still very fine) and his dialogue extremely wanting (I was often confused by the diction). In all a really enjoyable book for anyone interested in the vikings or their reception at the earlier part of the last century.
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