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Frans G. Bengtsson (1894–1954)

Author of The Long Ships

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Works by Frans G. Bengtsson

The Long Ships (1941) 1,914 copies
Red Orm (1943) 192 copies
För nöjes skull : essayer (1947) 26 copies
Silversköldarna (1982) 26 copies
Den lustgård som jag minns (1996) 24 copies
Lycklig resa 12 copies
Dikter 10 copies
Tärningkast : [dikter] (1999) 8 copies
Breven till Tristan (1985) 4 copies
Karoliner (1989) 3 copies
Rudy Orm 1 copy
Tre Essays 1 copy
Rubaiyat om Lund (1997) 1 copy

Associated Works

Walden (1854) — Translator, some editions — 13,763 copies
Paradise Lost (1667) — Translator, some editions — 13,478 copies
The Song of Roland (1040) — Translator, some editions — 5,254 copies
Poet's Pub (1929) — Translator, some editions — 133 copies
The Men of Ness (1932) — Translator, some editions — 19 copies
Röde Orm : del I-IV samlingsalbum (2004) — Author — 18 copies
Mitt skattkammer. b.9 Gjennom tidene — Contributor — 9 copies
Frans G. Bengtsson : en minnesbok — Contributor — 7 copies
Det nappar! Det nappar! : en antologi (2006) — Contributor; Translator — 3 copies
Piirakkasota : Valikoima huumoria — Contributor — 3 copies
The Undying Past — Contributor — 1 copy


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Group Read: The Long Ships in 2013 Category Challenge (August 2013)


Hilariously acerbic this is the story of the somewhat hypochondriac Norsman and sometime viking Orm Tosteson, how he was captured and went with his captors viking along the European coast and followed a chance rescued Jew to Spain where he and a handful of crew members served on galleys and then as guards until they could head north again. Many further adventure, somewhat episodic follow though there are significant domestic interludes, often just as interesting as the adventures. This is best taken a few chapters, one or two adventures at a time, but it is quite the worthwhile journey.… (more)
quondame | 70 other reviews | Oct 17, 2023 |
This book was written in the 1940s in Sweden, and is considered one of the finest Swedish books ever written. It is still very popular there. It takes place around the year 1000, and is the the adventures and life of a Viking named Orm, called "Red Orm" because of his hair. He travels throughout Europe, has quests, is enslaved for a couple of years and escapes, finds a wife (and treasure), meets kings, and becomes a Christian. He settles down and has children, but still becomes involved in various adventures that take him into what is now Russia. The author writes well and creates very interesting and believable characters, both male and female (including some historical personages). I like the fact that Red Orm, despite being a Viking and going through many battles and adventures is a bit of a hypochondriac, always saying that he will die soon from a wound or injury! It is a long book (over 500 pages), but reads quickly because it is hard to put down! It reminds me of one of the classic Icelandic Sagas written around the 13th Century, which I love reading. In the 1960s, it was made into a not very good movie in Hollywood, which had almost nothing to do with the book. I recommend reading it if you get a chance, it is readily available.… (more)
CRChapin | 70 other reviews | Jul 8, 2023 |
Picaresque. The story is told as told stories. Could have been shorter. Has an Edgar Rice Burroughs quality, but some humor. From the NYRB out-of-print series.
markm2315 | 70 other reviews | Jul 1, 2023 |
I enjoyed this read a lot. Often felt as though it was a Norse saga written in the medieval period - lots of historical information seemed exactly right. I think this could be used as a textbook to explore what the Viking culture must have been like: brutal, hard, bloody, tinged with salt spray. My biggest complaint about the book is the Christian conversion of its main character. It spent too much time talking about converting Vikings from their polytheistic ways. I found myself not liking the self-righteous Christians as they hacked away at the pagans. Still, the historical / cultural detail in this book shows how much good research can make a book worth reading.… (more)
jsmick | 70 other reviews | Jun 4, 2023 |



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John Tandberg Contributor
Ivar Harrie Contributor
Gunnar Brusewitz Illustrator
Bertil Romberg Editor, Contributor
Jonas Ellerström Editor, Contributor
Svante Nordin Editor, Contributor
Eric Johannesson Illustrator
Sven Wittboldt Contributor
Arne Sjöberg Contributor
Jan Mårtensson Contributor
Torbjörn Norman Contributor
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Elsa Carlberg Translator
Michael Chabon Introduction
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