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In Lee M. Hollander's faithful translation, all of the unknown twelfth-century author's narrative genius and flair for dramatic situation and pungent characterisation is preserved. Hollander was professor emeritus of Germanic languages at the University of Texas at Austin and an authority in Nordic language and literature. His translations of the best prose and poetry of the Old North - among them "Heimskringla: History of the Kings of Norway" and "The Poetic Edda" - have also appeared under the imprint of the University of Texas Press. In A.D. 986, Earl H Kon, ruler of most of Norway, won a triumphant victory over an invading fleet of Danes in the great naval battle of Hjorunga Bay. Sailing under his banner were no fewer than five Icelandic skalds, the poet-historians of the Old Norse world. Like good war correspondents of the present, they went home after the battle to relate what they had seen and heard: and, being poets as well as reporters, no doubt they seasoned their versions well with imagination. Two centuries later their accounts of the battle became the basis for one of the liveliest of the Icelandic sagas, with special emphasis on the doings of the Jomsvikings, the famed members of a warrior community that feared no one and dared all.
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One of the liveliest of the Icelandic sagas with special emphasis on the doings of the Jomsvikings, the famed members of a warrior community that feared no one and dared all.

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ForewordIntroduction1. Knut the Foundling2. King Gorm's Dreams3. Earl Harold's Visions4. Knut Gormsson Is Slain in England5. King Harold and Earl Hakon Plot Together6. King Harold Has Aki Tokason Slain7. Palnir's Marriage. The Rise of Palnatoki8. Of King Harold and Saumaesa9. Svein's Dealings with King Harold10. Palnatoki Slays King Harold and Proclaims Svein King11. Palnatoki Acknowledges His Arrow12. The Founding of Jomsborg13. Of Earl Strut-Harold and Veseti and Their Sons14. King Svein Arbitrates the Feud15. Bui, Sigvaldi, and Vagn Join the Jomsvikings16. Of Palnatoki's Death and Sigvaldi's Ambition17. Sigvaldi Captures King Svein18. The Vows of the Jomsvikings19. Geirmund Escapes and Warns Earl Hakon20. Preparations for the Battle 21. The Battle22. The Aftermath23. The Testing of the Jomsvikings24. Of Vagn, Sigvaldi, and the Other Jomsvikings

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Lee M. Hollander was Professor of Germanic Languages at the University of Texas at Austin and an authority in Nordic language and literature.

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