By Allen French

Relates the exciting exploits of Rolf within the land of the Vikings: how he turns into an outlaw, and a thrall, and in the end profits his freedom and avenges the illegal slaying of his father. via his trials Rolf is challenged to develop in manliness, constructing braveness, self-discipline, patriotism, and perseverance, and finally emerging above the feud that has fed on him for thus lengthy. the tale, encouraged by way of Icelandic sagas, serves as an outstanding creation to the existing values of the Viking period. appropriate for a long time eleven and up.

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Responded Hiarandi. " "That is true," quoth Hiarandi. " Then the bondservant raised her head and sang this song: "The sea brings money; Money is bonny. " After that she sat silent and sunken as before. "Hear the hag," said Asdis, shuddering. " asked Hiarandi. " asked Asdis. Then the woman raised her head and sang again: "He is a fool Who leaves old rule. " Then Hiarandi said to Asdis: "No man has ever yet set beacons against shipwreck. " asked Asdis. " "Remember the boy," said Hiarandi. "Shall I leave him with nothing to begin the world with?

And he saw how men of power rode with their Thingmen behind them, all in colored clothes and well armed. He saw Hrut, the famous swordsman, how he rode with eleven full-grown sons at his back, and men besides, so that all thought that a grand sight. And many others rode to the Althing with great pride. Then Hiarandi recalled that his own father had ridden in holiday guise to bring his suits; and as he compared his father's state with his own, he who went alone and unnoticed, but at home was called the Unlucky, then his heart was greatly cast down within him.

Because he was an outlander he was easily persuaded to swear to Kiartan's death. Einar gave him money, both for himself and to pay his passage outward. Then witnesses were called to hear the oath; and on the morrow the man departed, and took ship for Ireland, and he is out of the story. CHAPTER V The Summoning of Hiarandi WHEN that man who had brought the news and made the false swearing was well out of the country, then Ondott bestirred himself to go against Hiarandi. " To that Einar assented, and on the morrow Ondott bade two men arm themselves and go with them to Cragness.

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