Early Kings of Norway

Thomas Carlyle (1795 - 1881)

"The Icelanders, in their long winter, had a great habit of writing; and were, and still are, excellent in penmanship. It is to this fact, that any little history there is of the Norse Kings and their old tragedies, crimes and heroisms, is almost all due. The Icelanders, it seems, not only made beautiful letters on their paper or parchment, but were laudably observant and desirous of accuracy; and have left us such a collection of narratives (Sagas, literally "Says") as, for quantity and quality, is unexampled among rude nations. Snorro Sturleson's History of the Norse Kings is built out of these old Sagas; and has in it a great deal of poetic fire, . . . and deserves to be reckoned among the great history-books of the world. It is from these sources that the following rough notes of the early Norway Kings are hastily thrown together." (Excerpted from Thomas Carlyle's preface by Karen Merline)

Genre(s): War & Military, Biography & Autobiography, Middle Ages/Middle History

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Preface; Ch. 01-Harald Haarfagr; Ch. 02-Eric Blood-Axe and Brothers Laura Koskinen
Play 02 Ch. 03-Hakon the Good; Ch. 04-Harald Greyfell and Brothers Sibella Denton
Play 03 Ch. 05-Hakon Jarl; Ch. 06-Olaf Tryggveson Kristine Bekere
Play 04 Ch. 07-Reign of Olaf Tryggveson Sibella Denton
Play 05 Ch. 08-Jarls Eric and Svein; Ch. 09-King Olaf the Thick-Set's Viking Days Sibella Denton
Play 06 Ch. 10-Reign of King Olaf the Saint part 1 Kristine Bekere
Play 07 Ch. 10-Reign of King Olaf the Saint part 2 Kristine Bekere
Play 08 Ch. 11-Magnus the Good and Others Kristine Bekere
Play 09 Ch. 12-Olaf the Tranquil, Magnus Barefoot, and Sigurd the Crusader; Ch. 13-Magnus the Blind, Harald Gylle, and Mutual Extinction of the Haarfagrs Sibella Denton
Play 10 Ch. 14-Sverrir and Descendants, to Hakon the Old; Ch. 15-Hakon the Old at Largs; Ch. 16-Epilogue Sibella Denton