Composed in medieval Iceland, Hrolf's Saga is a story
from the Viking Age that recalls ancient Scandinavia of the
Migration Period, when the warrior chieftain King Hrolf ruled
In the Viking World, King Hrolf served as a symbol of courage.
Sharing rich oral traditions with the Anglo-Saxon epic Beowulf,
Hrolf's Saga recounts the tragedy of strife within
Denmark's royal hall. It tells of powerful women and the exploits
of Hrolf's famous champions - including, Bodvar Bjarki, the
'bear-warrior,' who strikingly resembles Beowulf. Combining
heroic legend, myth, and magic, Hrolf's Saga tells
of wizards, sorceresses, and 'berserker' fighters, originally
members of a cult of Odin. Most startling is the central love
triangle: Hrolf's father, a man of insatiable appetites, unknowingly
abducts his daughter, who later marries the despised sorcerer
King Adils of Sweden.
A powerful human drama with deep historical roots, extraordinary
events, and fierce battles, Hrolf's Saga ranks among
the masterworks of the Middle Ages.
the Penguin Classics edition's Table