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The Saga of King Hrolf Kraki by Anonymous
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Aug 10, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: classics, short-reads, mythology-folklore
Read from August 10 to 13, 2011

This saga is a brief but cracklin' good tale. The usual gory battles and heroism are here, as well as some outlandish magical mischief and satisfyingly wicked sorcery. The portion dealing with Queen Bera and her transformed lover, Bjorn, has ancient underpinnings in the very early bear cults of the northern peoples. I thought Bera's three sons with their supernatural and animalistic attributes were fascinating characters and King Hrolf was suitably bad-ass. Also, if you've read Beowulf, you'll find some interesting shared elements between the two stories.
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