The Heimskringla: Or, The Sagas of the Norse Kings from the Icelandic of Snorre Sturlason, Volume 2

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J. C. Nimmo, 1889
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Page 234 - They were so desirous to get to the land that they would not wait till their vessel floated, but ran to the land, to a place where a river comes out of a lake. As soon as their ship was afloat, they took the boats, rowed to the ship, towed her up the river...
Page 24 - What does the king mean by doing so? Will he not sacrifice? ' Earl Sigurd replies, ' The king is doing what all of you do, who trust to your power and strength. He is blessing the full goblet in the name of Thor, by making the sign of his hammer over it before he drinks it'.
Page 233 - There were huge snowy mountains up the country; but all the way from the sea up to these snowy ridges the land was one field of snow, and it appeared to them a country of no advantages. Leif said, " It shall not be said of us, as it was of Biarne, that we did not come upon the land; for I will give the country a name, and call it Helloland.* Then they went on board again, put to sea, and found another land.
Page 282 - King Sigurd's Dress. King Sigurd Syr was standing in his corn-field when the messengers came to him and brought him the news, and also told him all that Asta was doing at home in the house. He had many people on his farm. Some were then shearing corn, some bound it together, some drove it to the building, some unloaded it and put it in stack or barn ; but the king, and two men with him, went sometimes into the field, sometimes to the place where the corn was put into the barn.
Page 349 - And he inquired particularly how it stood with their Christianity; where improvement was needful, he taught them the right customs. If any there were who would not renounce heathen ways, he took the matter so zealously that he drove some out of the country, mutilated others of hands or feet, or stung their eyes out ; hung up some, cut down some with the sword ; but let none go unpunished who would not serve God.
Page 44 - Go forth, my angels of the dead. Gondul and Skogul, to the plain Drenched with the battle's bloody rain. And to the dying Hakon tell. Here in Valhal shall he dwell.' "At Stord, so late a lonely shore. Was heard the battle's wild uproar ; The lightning of the flashing sword Burned fiercely at the shore of Stord. From levelled halberd and spearhead Life-blood was dropping fast and red; And the keen arrows' hiting sleet Upon the shore at Stord fast beat.
Page 221 - OLAF GIVES HIS MEN SHARP SWORDS. — The king stood on the gangways of the Long Serpent, and shot the greater part of the day; sometimes with the bow, sometimes with the spear, and always throwing two spears at once. He looked down over the ship's side, and saw that his men struck briskly with their swords, and yet wounded but seldom. Then he called aloud, " Why do ye strike so gently that ye seldom cut ? " One among the people answered, " The swords are blunt and full of notches.
Page 120 - Sigvald, and Bue, and their brothers, should come to him, and drink the funeral-ale for their fathers in the same feast the king was giving. The...
Page 77 - Thorgils. Klerkon thought that Thoralf was too old for a slave, and that there was not much work to be got out of him, so he killed him; but took the boys with him. and sold them to a man called Klerk for a stout and good ram. A third man, called Reas, bought Olaf for a good cloak.
Page 244 - DAUGHTER, AND HER VOYAGE TO VINLAND, AND HER MISDEEDS. — Now the conversation began again to turn upon a Vinland voyage, as the expedition was both gainful and honourable. The same summer that Karlsefne returned from Vinland, a ship arrived in Greenland from Norway. Two brothers commanded the ship, Helge and Finboge; and they remained that winter in Greenland. The brothers were of Icelandic descent, from Eastfjord.

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