ERIC BRIGHTEYES - A Viking Novel
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ERIC Thorgrimursson (nicknamed 'Brighteyes' for his most notable trait), strives to win the hand of his beloved, Gudruda the Fair. Her father Asmund, a priest of the old Norse gods, opposes the match, thinking Eric a man without prospects. But deadlier by far are the intrigues of Swanhild, Gudruda's half-sister, a sorceress, who desires Eric for herself. She persuades the chieftain Ospakar Blacktooth to woo Gudrida, making the two men enemies. Battles, intrigues, and treachery follow.
From the pen of the master of Victorian action and adventure this novel actually seems rather less dated in the early 21st century than Haggard's other work or the general run of Victorian adventure fiction. Improvements in our understanding of the Viking period have done surprisingly little to falsify Haggard's imagination of its setting, and the book should still hold appeal to any reader interested in the period.
Clearly influenced of the pioneering saga translations by William Morris and Eirikr Magnusson in the late 1860s ERIC BRIGHTEYES set a standard of quality and fidelity to the saga style that remained unmatched until Poul Anderson's novel The Broken Sword 60 years later.
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Excerpt from ERIC BRIGHTEYES - A Viking Novel
"Lo!" cried Gizur, "yon outlawed hound still lives! Now I will do a needful task and make an end of him, and so shall Ospakar's sword come back to Ospakar's son."
"Thou art wondrous brave now that the bear lies dying!" said Swanhild.
Now it seemed that Eric heard the words, for suddenly his might came back to him, and he staggered to his knees and thence to his feet. Then, as folk fall from him, with all his strength he whirls Whitefire round his head till it shines like a wheel of fire. "Thy service is done and thou art clean of Gudruda's bloodgo back to those who forged thee!" Brighteyes cries, and casts Whitefire from him towards the gulf.
Away speeds the great blade, flashing like lightning through the rays of the setting sun, and behold! as men watch it is gonegone in mid-air!
Since that day no such sword as Whitefire has been known in Iceland.
"Now slay thou me, Gizur," says the dying Eric.
Gizur comes on with little eagerness, and Eric cries aloud:
"Swordless I slew thy father!swordless, shieldless, and wounded to the death I will yet slay thee, Gizur the Murderer!" and with a loud cry he staggered towards him.
Gizur smites him with his sword, but Eric does not stay, and while men wait and wonder, Brighteyes sweeps him into his great armsay, sweeps him up, lifts him from the ground and reels on.
Eric reels on to the brink of the gulf. Gizur sees his purpose, struggles and shrieks aloud. But the strength of the dying Eric is more than the strength of Gizur. Now Brighteyes stands on the dizzy edge and the light of the passing sun flames about his head. And now, bearing Gizur with him, he hurls himself out into the gulf, and lo! the sun sinks!
Men stand wondering, but Swanhild cries aloud:
"Nobly done, Eric! nobly done! So I would have seen thee die who of all men wast the first!"
This then was the end of Eric Brighteyes the Unlucky, who of all warriors that have lived in Iceland was the mightiest, the goodliest, and the best beloved of women and of those who clung to him.
Table of Contents for ERIC BRIGHTEYES - A Viking Novel
|I HOW ASMUND THE PRIEST FOUND GROA THE WITCH|
|II HOW ERIC TOLD HIS LOVE TO GUDRUDA IN THE SNOW ON COLDBACK|
|III HOW ASMUND BADE ERIC TO HIS YULE-FEAST|
|IV HOW ERIC CAME DOWN GOLDEN FALLS|
|V HOW ERIC WON THE SWORD WHITEFIRE|
|VI HOW ASMUND THE PRIEST WAS BETROTHED TO UNNA|
|VII HOW ERIC WENT UP MOSFELL AGAINST SKALLAGRIM THE BARESARK|
|VIII HOW OSPAKAR BLACKTOOTH FOUND ERIC BRIGHTEYES AND SKALLAGRIM LAMBSTAIL ON HORSE-HEAD HEIGHTS|
|IX HOW SWANHILD DEALT WITH GUDRUDA|
|X HOW ASMUND SPOKE WITH SWANHILD|
|XI HOW SWANHILD BID FAREWELL TO ERIC|
|XII HOW ERIC WAS OUTLAWED AND SAILED A-VIKING|
|XIII HOW HALL THE MATE CUT THE GRAPNEL CHAIN|
|XIV HOW ERIC DREAMED A DREAM|
|XV HOW ERIC DWELT IN LONDON TOWN|
|XVI HOW SWANHILD WALKED THE SEAS|
|XVII HOW ASMUND THE PRIEST WEDDED UNNA, THOROD'S DAUGHTER|
|XVIII HOW EARL ATLI FOUND ERIC AND SKALLAGRIM ON THE SOUTHERN ROCKS OF STRAUMEY ISLE|
|XIX HOW KOLL THE HALF-WITTED BROUGHT TIDINGS FROM ICELAND|
|XX HOW ERIC WAS NAMED ANEW|
|XXI HOW HALL OF LITHDALE TOOK TIDINGS TO ICELAND|
|XXII HOW ERIC CAME HOME AGAIN|
|XXIII HOW ERIC WAS A GUEST AT THE WEDDING-FEAST OF GUDRUDA THE FAIR|
|XXIV HOW THE FEAST WENT|
|XXV HOW THE FEAST ENDED|
|XXVI HOW ERIC VENTURED DOWN TO MIDDALHOF AND WHAT HE FOUND|
|XXVII HOW GUDRUDA WENT UP TO MOSFELL|
|XXVIII HOW SWANHILD WON TIDINGS OF ERIC|
|XXIX HOW WENT THE BRIDAL NIGHT|
|XXX HOW THE DAWN CAME|
|XXXI HOW ERIC SENT AWAY HIS MEN FROM MOSFELL|
|XXXII HOW ERIC AND SKALLAGRIM GREW FEY|
|XXXIII HOW ERIC AND SKALLAGRIM FOUGHT THEIR LAST GREAT FIGHT|
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