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Subject: Germanic and Norse Legends...
Date Posted: 7/28/2007 5:42 PM ET
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I posted something similar in the Romance forum, because I'm not sure what this would be classified as...romance, or history, or even fantasy, but I love the stories of Siegfried and Brunhild and the elements of those legends.  Anyone ever come across any novels with or close to these storylines?  Or Norse/Germanic legends or history in general? 

Date Posted: 7/28/2007 6:16 PM ET
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Try Greenlanders by Jane Smiley. This one is written using the same style as the sagas, it's very good. I think it's available.

Sigrid Undset has 2 great series: Kristin Lavransdatter and Master of Hestviken. Undset won a Nobel prize.

Eric Brighteyes by H. Rider Haggard

King Harald's Saga by Snorri Sturlson

The Thrall's Tale - Judith Lingbergh -  I loved this one!

The Sea Road - Margaret Elphinstone.

I also love reading the Norse sagas, The Saga of Vinland, Njal's Saga, and many more.



Last Edited on: 7/28/07 7:24 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 7/28/2007 6:21 PM ET
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Oh, I forgot a good one - Eiriksdottir by Joan Clark - great book!

Date Posted: 7/28/2007 6:28 PM ET
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One more -

Tim Severin has a three book series, Viking: King's Man, Viking: Odinn's Child, and Sworn Brother. I haven't read these yet, but I will.

Date Posted: 7/28/2007 7:35 PM ET
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Thanks, Valli!  "The Thrall's Tale" is actually on my TBR list right now.  Glad to hear it's a good one!  :)

Date Posted: 7/29/2007 11:35 AM ET
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Thanks Valli I just put The Thrall's Tale and Eiriksdottir by Joan Clark  on my wishlist:)