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VIKING TALES by Jennie Hall - FULL AudioBook | Greatest AudioBooks - Viking tales are tales from Iceland, featuring the King Halfdan and his son Harald.
Iceland is a little country far north in the cold sea. Men found it and went there to live more than a thousand years ago. During the warm season they used to fish and make fish-oil and hunt sea-birds and gather feathers and tend their sheep and make hay. But the winters were long and dark and cold. Men and women and children stayed in the house and carded and spun and wove and knit. A whole family sat for hours around the fire in the middle of the room. That fire gave the only light. Shadows flitted in the dark corners. Smoke curled along the high beams in the ceiling. The children sat on the dirt floor close by the fire. The grown people were on a long narrow bench that they had pulled up to the light and warmth. Everybody's hands were busy with wool. The work left their minds free to think and their lips to talk. What was there to talk about? The summer's fishing, the killing of a fox, a voyage to Norway. But the people grew tired of this little gossip. Fathers looked at their children and thought:
"They are not learning much. What will make them brave and wise? What will teach them to love their country and old Norway? Will not the stories of battles, of brave deeds, of mighty men, do this?"
So, as the family worked in the red fire-light, the father told of the kings of Norway, of long voyages to strange lands, of good fights. And in farmhouses all through Iceland these old tales were told over and over until everybody knew them and loved them. Some men could sing and play the harp. This made the stories all the more interesting. People called such men "skalds," and they called their songs "sagas."
Every midsummer there was a great meeting. Men from all over Iceland came to it and made laws. During the day there were rest times, when no business was going on. Then some skald would take his harp and walk to a large stone or a knoll and stand on it and begin a song of some brave deed of an old Norse hero. At the first sound of the harp and the voice, men came running from all directions, crying out:
"The skald! The skald! A saga!"
They stood about for hours and listened. They shouted applause. When the skald was tired, some other man would come up from the crowd and sing or tell a story. - (From the text)
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Chapter listing and length:
00 - What the Sagas Were
01 - Part I, The Baby
02 - Part I, The Tooth Thrall Elizabeth Zaranka
03 - Part I, Olaf's farm Mary Ballard-Johansson
04 - Part I, Olaf's fight with Havard Michael Wolf
05 - Part I, Foes'-fear Michael Wolf
06 - Part I, Harald is King Elizabeth Zaranka
07 - Part I, Harald's Battle Lars Rolander
08 - Part I, Gyda's Saucy Message Lars Rolander
09 - Part I, The Sea Fight Aubrey Anne
10 - Part I, King Harald's Wedding Richard Kilmer
11 - Part I, King Harald Goes West-Over-Seas CeilingofStars
12 - Part II, Homes in Iceland Chuck Burke
13 - Part II, Eric the Red Chuck Burke
14 - Part II, Leif and His New Land Chuck Burke
15 - Part II ,Wineland the Good Tom Barron
16 - Descriptive Notes David Stryker
17 - Suggestions to Teachers David Stryker
18 - A Reading List Lars Rolander
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