History Literature / TheSagaOfHervorAndHeidrek

23rd Apr '16 1:20:51 PM LordGro
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Choose your translation: [[http://www.germanicmythology.com/FORNALDARSAGAS/HERVARARKERSHAW.html Nora Kershaw]] (1921), [[http://vsnrweb-publications.org.uk/The%20Saga%20Of%20King%20Heidrek%20The%20Wise.pdf Christopher Tolkien (pdf file)]] (1960), [[http://www.oe.eclipse.co.uk/nom/Hervor.htm Peter Tunstall]] (2005). A Cliffs Notes-esque version of the tale is included in the opening section of ''TabletopGame/{{Scion}}: Ragnarok''.

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Choose your translation: [[http://www.germanicmythology.com/FORNALDARSAGAS/HERVARARKERSHAW.html Nora Kershaw]] (1921), [[http://vsnrweb-publications.org.uk/The%20Saga%20Of%20King%20Heidrek%20The%20Wise.pdf Christopher Tolkien (pdf file)]] (1960), [[http://www.oe.eclipse.co.uk/nom/Hervor.htm germanicmythology.com/FORNALDARSAGAS/HervararSagaTunstall.html Peter Tunstall]] (2005). A Cliffs Notes-esque version of the tale is included in the opening section of ''TabletopGame/{{Scion}}: Ragnarok''.
23rd Apr '16 1:18:01 PM LordGro
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* DrawSwordDrawBlood: Tyrfing "could never be held unsheathed without being the death of a man, and it always had to be sheathed with blood still warm upon it." This is told as a plain fact in the older version; in the younger version is is a curse laid on the sword by the dwarfs that made it. It is unclear how this spell works in practice, as Tyrfing is sheathed several times without anyone getting killed; while all wielders who do this come to a bad end, it is not obvious whether this is because of the curse.



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12th Jan '16 10:48:29 AM StFan
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On a hunting expedition, King Svafrlami of [[KievanRus Russia]] captures two dwarfs and forces them to forge the ultimate sword for him in exchange for their life. The product is Tyrfing, a weapon so awesome it [[AbsurdlySharpBlade cuts stone and metal like butter]], inevitably kills anything so much as scratched by it, and lets its wielder win every fight. But alas, in vengeance for their humiliation the dwarfs have built in a few nasty surprises: The blade is enchanted so that it must always kill a man when unsheathed, that Svafrlami will die by it, and that it will be the instrument of three acts of parricide.

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On a hunting expedition, King Svafrlami of [[KievanRus [[UsefulNotes/KievanRus Russia]] captures two dwarfs and forces them to forge the ultimate sword for him in exchange for their life. The product is Tyrfing, a weapon so awesome it [[AbsurdlySharpBlade cuts stone and metal like butter]], inevitably kills anything so much as scratched by it, and lets its wielder win every fight. But alas, in vengeance for their humiliation the dwarfs have built in a few nasty surprises: The blade is enchanted so that it must always kill a man when unsheathed, that Svafrlami will die by it, and that it will be the instrument of three acts of parricide.
23rd Sep '15 4:44:00 PM nombretomado
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''The Saga of Hervor and Heidrek'' a.k.a. ''Hervor's Saga'' a.k.a. ''The Saga of King Heidrek the Wise'' is a 13th century legendary saga, forming a part of NorseMythology.

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''The Saga of Hervor and Heidrek'' a.k.a. ''Hervor's Saga'' a.k.a. ''The Saga of King Heidrek the Wise'' is a 13th century legendary saga, forming a part of NorseMythology.
Myth/NorseMythology.
7th May '15 11:14:33 AM LordGro
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* RecycledPlot: The riddle contest between Odin and Heidrek. The Literature/PoeticEdda has Odin giving away his identity the same way as he does here: "What did Odin whisper in the ear of his dead son?" Presumably, one of the sources copied the other. Scholars reckon the Eddaic poem to be the oldest.
6th May '15 1:35:54 PM Eilevgmyhren
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* RecycledPlot: The riddle contest between Odin and Heidrek. The Literature/PoeticEdda has Odin giving away his identity the same way as he does here: "What did Odin whisper in the ear of his dead son?" Presumably, one of the sources copied the other. Scholars reckon the Eddaic poem to be the oldest.
6th May '15 10:43:49 AM LordGro
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** RecycledPlot, because Odin did exactly the same to Vavthrudnir in the Literature/PoeticEdda.
5th May '15 5:48:16 AM Eilevgmyhren
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** RecycledPlot, because Odin did exactly the same to Vavthrudnir in the Literature/PoeticEdda.
3rd Mar '15 10:18:40 AM ManCalledTrue
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* RiddleMeThis: Heidrek plays a game of riddles with an old man, Odin in disguise. The old man beats him by asking, "What did Odin whisper in Balder's ear as they pushed his funeral boat out to sea?" This also gives away his identity, because Odin is the only person on the Nine Worlds who would know.
8th Feb '15 5:05:54 PM ManCalledTrue
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Choose your translation: [[http://www.germanicmythology.com/FORNALDARSAGAS/HERVARARKERSHAW.html Nora Kershaw]] (1921), [[http://vsnrweb-publications.org.uk/The%20Saga%20Of%20King%20Heidrek%20The%20Wise.pdf Christopher Tolkien (pdf file)]] (1960), [[http://www.oe.eclipse.co.uk/nom/Hervor.htm Peter Tunstall]] (2005).

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Choose your translation: [[http://www.germanicmythology.com/FORNALDARSAGAS/HERVARARKERSHAW.html Nora Kershaw]] (1921), [[http://vsnrweb-publications.org.uk/The%20Saga%20Of%20King%20Heidrek%20The%20Wise.pdf Christopher Tolkien (pdf file)]] (1960), [[http://www.oe.eclipse.co.uk/nom/Hervor.htm Peter Tunstall]] (2005). A Cliffs Notes-esque version of the tale is included in the opening section of ''TabletopGame/{{Scion}}: Ragnarok''.
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