Thursday 26 June 2014

Book Review: The Sagas of Ragnar Lodbrok by Ben Waggoner (translator)

Title: The Sagas of Ragnar Lodbrok
Author: Ben Waggoner (translator)
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 150
Format: Paperback
Genre: Mythology
Source: Bought Copy
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Although based on historical persons from the 9th century, Ragnar Lodbrok and his sons are the subjects of compelling legends dating from the Viking era. Warriors, raiders, and rulers, Ragnar and his sons inspired unknown writers to set down their stories over seven centuries ago. This volume presents new and original translations of the three major Old Norse texts that tell Ragnar's story: the Saga of Ragnar Lodbrok, the Tale of Ragnar's Sons, and the Sögubrot. Ragnar's death song, the Krákumál, and a Latin fragment called the List of Swedish Kings, complete the story. Extensive notes and commentary are provided, helping the reader to enter the world of these timeless stories of Viking adventure. (Goodreads Synopsis)

It is wonderful to see all the works relating to Ragnar Lodbrok brought together in one volume. They make a fun and fascinating read, and the translation is well-handled. This book will appeal to lovers of Norse mythology and the sagas, as well as to fans of the TV series Vikings.

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