History Literature / TheSagaOfHrolfKraki

24th Apr '16 1:21:25 AM LordGro
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* DrawSwordDrawBlood: The sword left to Bodvar Bjarki by his father "could never be drawn without being the death of a man."
24th Apr '16 1:16:32 AM LordGro
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Can be read online [[http://www.oe.eclipse.co.uk/nom/Hrolf%20Kraki.htm here.]]

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Can be read online [[http://www.[[https://web.archive.org/web/20150222112412/http://www.oe.eclipse.co.uk/nom/Hrolf%20Kraki.uk/nom/Hrolf%2520Kraki.htm here.]]



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12th Nov '15 10:10:48 AM darkpast
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* AllTrollsAreDifferent: The term "troll" in this saga is used in the broadest sense, referring to any seemingly unnatural or monstrous creature, ranging from daemonic boars to dragon-like beasts.
17th May '15 12:54:38 PM darkpast
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* AnAxeToGrind: Svipdag's signature weapon is a large axe. Also, Thorir Dogfoot inherits a battleaxe from his father.


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* TheStoic: Svipdag, more so in Poul Anderson's retelling, and in marked contrast to the berserkers he faces.


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* WarriorPrince: Even though he normally prefers to send his champions on quests while he stays in his court, in his last battle Hrolf Kraki proves to be a truly badass warrior, second only to Bodvar Bjarki.
16th May '15 12:27:47 PM LordGro
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* YoungestChildWins: Elk-Frodi, Thorir Dogfoot and Bodvar Bjarki are triplets, but Bodvar is born last, and is the last to leave home. While Thorir rises to the hightest position of the three, as he becomes a king, it is Bodvar who takes revenge for his father, receives the most valuable of his father's three heirlooms, and becomes the most famous of the three brothers.

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* YoungestChildWins: Elk-Frodi, Thorir Dogfoot and Bodvar Bjarki are triplets, but Bodvar is born last, and is the last to leave home. While Thorir rises to the hightest highest position of the three, as he becomes a king, it is Bodvar who takes revenge for his father, receives the most valuable of his father's three heirlooms, and becomes the most famous of the three brothers.
16th May '15 12:23:12 PM LordGro
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By design or coincidence, Hrolf Kraki has several similarities to the KingArthur story: Like Arthur, Hrolf is born from a scandalous relationship as the offspring of a brave but morally defective father whom he never gets to know; and like Arthur, he does not so much excel in heroic feats himself, but lets his trusty band of heroes do the grunt work. Like Arthur, Hrolf has a sorcerous half-sister who is only part human, hates her brother, and eventually is the reason for his destruction. It also goes with the Arthur parallels that Hrolf spends much time in the background while the narrative focuses on the adventures of his famous champions, the most prodigious of whom is the near-invincible Bödvar Bjarki. Other champions that have their own stories are Svipdag the Swede, a former retainer of King Adils, and Hjalti, who grows from Bödvar Bjarkiís wimpy sidekick into a kickass hero in his own right.

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By design or coincidence, Hrolf Kraki has several similarities to the KingArthur Myth/KingArthur story: Like Arthur, Hrolf is born from a scandalous relationship as the offspring of a brave but morally defective father whom he never gets to know; and like Arthur, he does not so much excel in heroic feats himself, but lets his trusty band of heroes do the grunt work. Like Arthur, Hrolf has a sorcerous half-sister who is only part human, hates her brother, and eventually is the reason for his destruction. It also goes with the Arthur parallels that Hrolf spends much time in the background while the narrative focuses on the adventures of his famous champions, the most prodigious of whom is the near-invincible Bödvar Bjarki. Other champions that have their own stories are Svipdag the Swede, a former retainer of King Adils, and Hjalti, who grows from Bödvar Bjarkiís wimpy sidekick into a kickass hero in his own right.


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* YoungestChildWins: Elk-Frodi, Thorir Dogfoot and Bodvar Bjarki are triplets, but Bodvar is born last, and is the last to leave home. While Thorir rises to the hightest position of the three, as he becomes a king, it is Bodvar who takes revenge for his father, receives the most valuable of his father's three heirlooms, and becomes the most famous of the three brothers.
12th Apr '15 7:29:48 AM LordGro
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* FightingSpirit: During the Battle of Hleidragard, a huge bear appears on the battlefield and fights for King Hrolf. Meanwhile, Hjalti goes looking for Bodvar Bjarki and finds him seemingly sleeping in his quarters. When Hjalti wakes him, Bodvar blames him, but goes with him to the battle where the bear has now disappeared; thus revealing to Hjalti that the bear was Bodvar's spirit.
3rd Feb '15 12:06:41 PM LordGro
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[[caption-width-right:350:Hrolf Kraki's Last Stand. [-- [[labelnote:(c)]]Copyright holder's message: ''Picture is retrieved from the project "Old educational posters" at the Centre for Texts in Teaching, the College of Vestfold, at'' http://www-lu.hive.no/plansjer.[[/labelnote]] --] ]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:Hrolf Kraki's Last Stand. [-- [[labelnote:(c)]]Copyright holder's message: ''Picture is retrieved from the project "Old educational posters" at the Centre for Texts in Teaching, the College of Vestfold, at'' http://www-lu.hive.no/plansjer.[[/labelnote]] --] ]]
6th Jan '15 1:40:03 PM nombretomado
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''Hrolf Kraki's Saga'' is also the name of a novel by PoulAnderson, a retelling of ''Hrólfs saga kraka'' augmented by various other sources on King Hrolf, such as Saxo Grammaticusí ''Literature/GestaDanorum'' and the ''Literature/ProseEdda''.

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''Hrolf Kraki's Saga'' is also the name of a novel by PoulAnderson, Creator/PoulAnderson, a retelling of ''Hrólfs saga kraka'' augmented by various other sources on King Hrolf, such as Saxo Grammaticusí ''Literature/GestaDanorum'' and the ''Literature/ProseEdda''.
29th Aug '14 12:17:01 PM LordGro
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* WerewolfThemeNaming:
** Prince Bjorn is cursed by Queen Hvit to be a bear between sunrise and sunset. As it happens, his name means 'bear'.
** Bjorn's son Bodvar Bjarki reveals himself as a shape-changer at the Battle of Hleidragard: While Bodvar appears to sleep, his spirit fights in the shape a giant bear. Interpreted literally, 'Bodvar Bjarki' means 'Little Battle-Bear'.



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