Legends of the Norse Kings The Saga of King Ragnar Goatskin and The Dream of King Alfdan by Isabel Wyatt
  

Legends of the Norse Kings The Saga of King Ragnar Goatskin and The Dream of King Alfdan

Written by Isabel Wyatt
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Legends of the Norse Kings The Saga of King Ragnar Goatskin and The Dream of King Alfdan by Isabel Wyatt

The tales of the medieval Norse kings were originally sung or told as 'sagas'. These were legendary adventures full of exciting episodes in which the hero fought wicked enemies or even dragons in order to win the hand of a princess or to fulfil a great destiny. The two sagas in this book date from the twelfth to the fifteenth centuries. The Danish ruler known as King Ragnar Goatskin was famous for fighting a dragon which had captured the princess Tora, and so won her hand in marriage. She died after giving him two sons and he then married Kraka, a beautiful maiden of royal birth disguised as a farm girl. Their struggle against the evils of war and witchcraft are vividly narrated in the stories that follow. The Dream of King Alfdan tells the adventures of the brave princess Ragnild and her brother Guthorm after the death of their father King Sigurd, and how Alfdan's dream that he will have a son to rule over all Norway comes true in the end. These stories of Norse kings, beautifully retold by the renowned storyteller Isabel Wyatt, are drawn from the sagas recorded by the historian Saxo Grammaticus and other Scandinavian writers of the Middle Ages.

Reviews

'This book is a helpful introduction to Norse mythology. A useful list of sources is included and black and white illustrations add interest. The reader gains a sense of the beliefs and superstitions of early Norse people. Some of these beliefs are preserved in songs still sung in the Faroe Isles today.'

About the Author

Isabel Wyatt was born in England in 1901. She spent many years teaching young children and was then, until her retirement in 1965, co-director of studies at Hawkwood College in Gloucestershire. She compiled many books for children, including The Seven-Year-Old Wonder Book, The Eight-Year-Old Legend Book, Homer's Odyssey, King Beetle-Tamer, The Book of Fairy Princes and Norse Hero Tales. She died in 1992.

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Book Info

Format

Paperback
112 pages

Author

Isabel Wyatt
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Publisher

Floris Books

Publication date

21st February 2013

ISBN

9780863159428


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