Vikings Quotes

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Frazier Glenn Miller
“I spent much of my prison time reading. I must have read over 200 large books, mostly fictional stories about the American pioneers, the Vikings, Mafia, etc. As long as I was engrossed in a book, I was not in prison. Reading was my escape.”
Frazier Glenn Miller Jr., A White Man Speaks Out

Frans G. Bengtsson
“...Orm always afterwards used to say that, after good luck, strength, and skill at arms, nothing was so useful to a man who found himself among foreigners as the ability to learn a language.”
Frans G. Bengtsson, The Long Ships

Robert Low
“I had forgotten that, while Thor hurls his Hammer from storm-clouds, Odin prefers his strike to come out of a calm sky.”
Robert Low, The White Raven

“Even in terms of fiction, nothing in their lives became them like the leaving of it. King Fjolnir rose in the night to make water, fell into a vat of mead and drowned instead; Sveigdir ran after a dwarf when drunk and vanished into a boulder; Vanlandi was trampled to death by a nightmare; Domaldi was sacrificed for good seasons; Dag was struck on the head with a pitchfork when seeking revenge for his sparrow; and so on down to the fifth century.”
Gwyn Jones

“Make no tent on thy ship;
Never sleep in a house;
For a foe within doors you may view.
On a shield sleeps the Viking, sword in his hand,
And his tent is the heavenly blue.

When the storm rages fierce,
Hoist the sail to the top.
Oh, how merry the Storm-King appears!
Let us rise, let her drive;
Better founder than strike,
For who strikes is a slave to his fears.”
The Northmen; A Viking Saga

Heather Day Gilbert
“What I did cannot be forgiven, any more than it could have been avoided.”
Heather Day Gilbert, Forest Child

Heather Day Gilbert
“An uncertain warrior is no warrior at all.”
Heather Day Gilbert, Forest Child

“The Vikings could have been saved if they had borrowed survival strategies from the Inuit, but the only record we have of contact between the two peoples is the remark from a Viking settler that the Inuit bleed a lot when stabbed - an observation that hardly indicates a willingness to learn from their northern neighbors.”
Johnjoe McFadden, Life on the Edge: The Coming of Age of Quantum Biology

Snorri Sturluson
“A sword age, a wind age, a wolf age. No longer is there mercy among men.”
Snorri Sturluson, The Prose Edda

Heather Day Gilbert
“If we are to survive, I must start and end my war this same day.”
Heather Day Gilbert, Forest Child

Widad Akreyi
“His voice was reassuring and calm, his expression soft, his eyes brighter than ever. Oh Ahura Mazda, she’d never wanted any man so intently in all her life. She ached to have him touch her, kiss her, taste her. And Ivar did as she wished. He put her hand to his nose to smell her skin, kissed her inner wrist to taste her, his lips lingered over her racing pulse. Finally, it was confirmed in actions and direct words, spoken aloud and repeated seven times… She felt the rush of desire ripping through her body, an intense sensation of warmth upon her skin, the blissful waves of uneasiness swamped through her, tingling her nerves.”
Widad Akreyi, The Viking's Kurdish Love: A True Story of Zoroastrians' Fight for Survival, Part I: 988-1003

Giles Kristian
“My cock has been hiding since the day she arrived," Bjarni had said, but only when he was sure she was out of earshot, which was a full day after she left. "You worry for nothing brother," Bjorn had said, "for even a seiðr-wife (witch) cannot put a spell on something she can't see. It would be like trying to hit a louse with a spear-throw.”
Giles Kristian, Winter's Fire

Heather Day Gilbert
“I am happy to be alone.
Perhaps this is true.
Or perhaps I am the biggest coward of all.”
Heather Day Gilbert, Forest Child

Seamus Heaney
“Did you ever hear tell,'
said Jimmy Farrell,
'of the skulls they have
in the city of Dublin?

White skulls and black skulls
and yellow skulls, and some
with full teeth, and some
haven't only but one,'

and compounded history
in the pan of 'an old Dane,
maybe, was drowned
in the Flood.'

My words lick around
cobbled quays, go hunting
lightly as pampooties
over the skull-capped ground.

-Viking Dublin: Trial Pieces”
Seamus Heaney, North

Jennifer McKeithen
“Far, far out on the open sea a platform of stone held firm against the tossing waves. At first sight, it appeared as nothing out of the ordinary, other than that it lay in the middle of nowhere.
That was the view on the surface. Beneath the water existed an entirely alien world.”
Jennifer McKeithen, Atlantis On the Shores of Forever

“Okres wikiński, który zapoczątkował na Wyspach Brytyjskich przerażająco brutalny najazd, zakończył się zastawem nie wykupionym przez skandynawskiego monarchę, który przekonał się, że ceną nowoczesności jest między innymi niemożność wyruszenia na wyprawę łupieską dla zdobycia potrzebnej gotówki.”
Philip Parker, The Northmen's Fury: A History of the Viking World

Giles Kristian
“a strong arm kills but a cunning mind keeps you alive”
Giles Kristian

Rick Riordan
“Back when I was a regular mortal kid, I didn’t know much about combat.
I had some murky ideas that armies would line up, blow trumpets, and then march forward to kill one another in an orderly fashion. If I thought about Viking combat at all, I would envision some dude yelling SHIELD WALL! and a bunch of hairy blond guys calmly forming ranks and merging their shields into some cool geometric pattern like a polyhedron or a Power Ranger Megazord.
Actual battle was nothing like that. At least, not any version I’d ever been in.
It was more like a cross between interpretive dance, lucha libre wrestling, and a daytime talk show fight.”
Rick Riordan, The Ship of the Dead

Heather Day Gilbert
“But there will be no redemption for me. I will become the most unmerciful of murderers. I accept my fate.”
Heather Day Gilbert, Forest Child

Widad Akreyi
“The powerlessness of people with pure intentions, in the long run, can sometimes be more powerful than power in the hands of those blinded or depraved by evil tempers.”
Widad Akreyi, The Viking's Kurdish Love: A True Story of Zoroastrians' Fight for Survival, Part I: 988-1003

Hank Bracker
“The New Continent
A Norwegian coin of the Viking era was once found in Maine; however, no indication of a settlement was found that could be used to verify the exact location of any landings. Perhaps it just became too cold and the growing season too short for them to linger on in this cold region. What is relatively certain is that it was not uncommon for the Vikings to sail their boats, called knars, west from Greenland to present-day Labrador. During the summer months, the warmer currents carried them north along the western coast of Greenland to what is now known as the Davis Strait, and from there they most likely headed due west for about two hundred miles over open water to Baffin Island. The Labrador Current could then have taken them as far south as the coasts of Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and possibly Maine and Cape Cod.
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Widad Akreyi
“A moment later, Vesta became aware that her life was passing her by in that busy city, where no man could capture her heart… What if she married someone, who wasn’t mentally prepared to keep his Zoroastrian identity intact? Or what if her future husband was forced to convert to Islam? What if he tried to force her to convert as well? What if he suddenly decided to become an extremist and called for Sharia Laws in Kurdland? She shivered at the thought.”
Widad Akreyi, The Viking's Kurdish Love: A True Story of Zoroastrians' Fight for Survival, Part I: 988-1003

Diana Wynne Jones
“Entry: Barbary Vikings
Where horned Helmets and fur Cloaks; otherwise you could misstake them for Northern Barbarians. They swagger hughly, quarrel hughly, drink hughly and boast hughly.
They thing they like the best is killing people, particulary lots at once. If a Barbary viking goes berserk, he will kill even more freely. Stand clear if one does.
All of them are excelent seamen. Their Boats have square sails and lines of Shields down the sides.
Quite often, the Managment employs them as Pirates because they are good at raping and looting and burning.
But on some Tours they appears as allies of a rather wilful kind, and will take Tourist for a sail.
At home, which are somewhere quite northerly, they have a King, who is Good and to whom they are viciously loyal, and they womenfolk whom you scarly se at all because they are all at home berring warrios. Barbary vikings are even maler then Anglo-Saxoon cossacks.”
Diana Wynne Jones, The Tough Guide to Fantasyland

“In the year 0982, Gunnbjorn Ulfsson reported that he had journeyed to another land having fertile green fields, about 200 miles to the west of Iceland. Out of duress, Eric the Red now 32 years old, decided to uproot his family and move there. Eric and his family sailed the treacherous distance between the two landmasses safely and named the new location Greenland. He chose this name because it reflected the grassy, valleys he discovered during this warm period of the island’s history.
Three years later when he could return to Iceland, he told astounding stories about where he and his family had settled. His stories must have sounded inviting since they encouraged many other settlers to join them there, especially considering that a famine had devastated Iceland. Not knowing any better, they had severely overworked the cold soil in Iceland, putting their very existence into jeopardy. Knowing that they could not survive another winter, 980 people on 25 boats left for the arduous journey to Greenland. It must have been a cold, rough crossing because only 14 boats succeeded in making it. However, Eric later learned that some of the boats had survived and had managed to return safely to Iceland. In time, there were about 5,000 settlers in Greenland. The official records indicate that two sizable Norse settlements had been founded in fjords on the southwestern coast of the island. Other smaller ones were located on the same coast as far north as present day Nuuk. Most of the settlements which were founded in about the year 1,000, remained inhabited until well into “The Little Ice Age,” which started in 1350 and lasted for approximately 500 years. In the beginning when the weather was considerably warmer, about 400 farms were started by the Viking farmers. However later, the extreme cold and glacial ice made farming nearly impossible in these frigid northern latitudes. Recently, archaeologists discovered a Viking village that was radiocarbon dated back to circa 1430.”
Captain Hank Bracker, "The Exciting Story of Cuba"

Helen Russell
“Vikings, it seems, make their own way.”
Helen Russell, The Year of Living Danishly: My Twelve Months Unearthing the Secrets of the World's Happiest Country

“Grynte ville grisen, om de visste hva galten led!”
Ragnar Lodbrok

Rick Riordan
“Welcome to warrior paradise, where you can listen to Frank Sinatra in Norwegian FOREVER!”
Rick Riordan, The Sword of Summer

Lisa Kleypas
“I would have so loved to learn about the Vikings.”
Lillian snorted. “Since when have you been interested in warlike pagans with silly-looking headgear?”
Daisy looked up from her book again. “Are we talking about Grandmother again?”
Lisa Kleypas, Scandal in Spring

Paul Watkins
“Still hovering at the back of my mind is a stereotype of Norwegians as descendants of ax-wielding barbarians, but this ancient image clashes wildly with the gentleness, honesty and generosity of the Norwegians I have met on my journey.”
Paul Watkins, The Fellowship of Ghosts: A Journey Through the Mountains of Norway

Robert Low
“God is not mocked!'' the domnall said sternly and Crowbone turned and laughed, hefting his sword on to one shoulder. '' of course he is Priest'' he called out as he went. ''His son was sent to promise an end to wicked folk. Odin promised an end to ice giants. I see no ice giants priest - but the world is full of wicked men.”
Robert Low

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