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Viking Tales (Yesterday's Classics) (original 1902; edition 2005)

by Jennie Hall

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Jennie Hall is most noted for her fascinating travel memoirs of the late eighteenth century. She produced vibrant narratives and brilliantly vivid descriptions that have made her popular among readers who wish to be transported into another area or time period. Her "Viking Tales" is an excellent example of that. The story follows the life of the Viking Harald from infancy to his crowning as King of Norway. It focuses on the Vikings' eagerness for adventure and new lands as they set forth from Norway and sail westward across the Atlantic, island-hopping on their way to America. The legends of these men were passed down through generations of families, while they sat around the fireside on bitterly cold winter nights playing harps and working with wool. This adventurous book will entertain young and old readers alike as they take a look at the lifestyle and world view of these mysterious people.… (more)
Title:Viking Tales (Yesterday's Classics)
Authors:Jennie Hall
Info:Yesterday's Classics (2005), Paperback, 168 pages
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Viking Tales by Jennie Hall (1902)



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Although this is a children's book, VIKING TALES can be interesting for readers of all ages. The reason I say 'can' be, is cos it will mostly depend on your interests and how far your knowledge on this subject reaches. In the end, this is a fictionalized work and not everybody appreciates that. Though there's plenty of footnotes and descriptions to open several discussions, which I think are perfect to do with children and therefore I also recommend this book to read with children. ( )
  NinaCaramelita | Dec 27, 2016 |
I was torn between giving this three stars or four stars. It wasn't rousing reading, for the most part—though it was engaging—but in the end I decided that my desire for rip-roaring adventure was unrealistic and maybe a little unfair. This is a good introduction to Viking lore. There's a nice glossary describing the types of houses Vikings lived in, the weapons they used, and some of the gods they worshipped. There's also a bibliography at the end. ( )
  stacy_chambers | Aug 22, 2013 |
This was an enjoyable look at Viking life. Ms Hall gives us a very good picture of the Norsemen and their ways and values. There was very little character development but the lots of action and detail making the story and interesting read. ( )
  momma2 | Jul 14, 2011 |
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Nights were long in Iceland winters of long ago. A whole family sat for hours around the fire in the middle of the room. That fire gave the only light. Shadows flitted in the dark corners. Smoke curled along the high beams of the ceiling. The children sat on the dirt floor close by the fire. The grown people were on a long narrow bench that they had pulled up to the light and warmth. Everybody's hands were busy with wool. As the family worked in the red fire-light, the father told of the kings of Norway, of long voyages to strange lands, of good fights. And in farmhouses all through Iceland these old tales were told over and over until everybody knew them and loved them. Men who could sing and play the harp were called "skalds," and they called their songs "sagas." Eventually these stories were written down on sheepskin or vellum so that we can enjoy them today.

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