Thorkell: Good friar, what say you? Who is greater, your Jesus or our Aesir?
...whichever created liquor.
Thors: A true warrior needs no blade.
A manga series created by Makoto Yukimura, author of Planetes
. Vinland Saga
was started in 2005. It chronicles the adventures of a band of Vikings.
Taking place in the 11th century the story chronicles the life of Thorfinn Thorsson, an Icelandic boy who becomes a warrior to avenge his father's death. He does so by dogging the heels of his father's killer, Askeladd, by fighting in Askeladd's band. But it's not some story of deception. Askeladd is aware that Thorfinn wants to kill him, and he gleefully uses this information to manipulate the boy
into doing his bidding in exchange for a one-on-one duel.
As we follow Thorfinn around, the story expands to the Danes' pacification of England of the early eleventh century and the rise to power of King Canute
Ultimately the series has a lot of brutal (but fun!) battles. It's also fairly accurate about viking culture, so it teaches you stuff while you read (yes, it's that awesome). It's also got some pretty snappy dialogue and humorous little exchanges between characters both major and minor.
No relation to the classical viking sagas known as the Vinland Sagas
, about the explorations of Erik the Red and his son Leif. Though they are alluded to through the stories of Leif Erikson, alias, Leif the Lucky.The series is licensed in English by Kodansha Comics USA
, with the entire prologue released so far and the second arc being under release as of 2014. However, the release has been put on indefinite hiatus
after the fifth collected volume (covering the first ten regular volumes).
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