The Life and Death of Cormak the Skald
THE LIFE AND DEATH OF CORMAK THE SKALD
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This is the story/saga of a poet, poor and proud, with all the strength of a Viking and all the weakness of genius. He loves a fine lady, a spoiled child; who bewitches him, and jilts him, and jilts him again. In true Viking style he fights for her, kills for her, writes verse for her, and rises, for her sake, to the height of all that a man in his age could achieve.Then, after years, he has her at his feet, and learns of her heartlessness and worthlessness. He bids her farewell; but in the end dies with her name on his lips.
The motive of the book is very modern, yet at the same time as ancient as the human race itself. It is dramatic and imaginative in the sense that it is told by one who was an artist in his craft of saga-telling. The diction is of the simplest and there is no fine writing, but the plot is balanced like a Greek play and the action drives along to its close.
The result is conveyed without a word of moralizing. The characters are broadly drawn, and their types are still valid today. Without needless detail, there are touches enough of realism. It reads like a novel, and yet it is a true story.
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Excerpt from THE LIFE AND DEATH OF CORMAK THE SKALD
Chapter 6 - CORMAK Wins His Bride and Loses Her.
After this, Cormac went to see Steingerd the same as ever: and once when they talked over these doings she said no ill of them: whereupon he made this song:
"There sat they in hiding to slay me
From the sight of my bride and my darling:
But weak were the feet of my foemen
When we fought on the island of weapons.
And the rush of the mightiest rivers
Shall race from the shore to the mountains
Or ever I leave thee, my lady,
And the love that I feast on to-day!"
"Say no such big words about it," answered she; "Many a thing may stand in the road." Upon which he said:
"O sweet in the sheen of thy raiment,
The sight of thy beauty is gladdening!
What man that goes marching to battle,
What mate wouldst thou choose to be thine?"
And she answered:
"O giver of gold, O ring-breaker,
If the gods and the high fates befriend me,
I'd pledge me to Frodi's blithe brother
And bind him that he should be mine."
Then she told him to make friends with her father and get her in marriage. So for her sake Cormac gave Thorkel good gifts. Afterwards many people had their say in the matter; but in the end it came to this, - that he asked for her, and she was pledged to him, and the wedding was fixed: and so all was quiet for a while.
Then they had words. There was some falling-out about settlements. It came to such a pass that after everything was ready, Cormac began to cool off. But the real reason was, that Thorveig had bewitched him so that they should never have one another. Thorkel at Tunga had a grown-up son, called Thorkel and by-named Tooth-gnasher. He had been abroad some time, but this summer he came home and stayed with his father.
Cormac never came to the wedding at the time it was fixed, and the hour passed by. This the kinsfolk of Steingerd thought a slight, deeming that he had broken off the match; and they had much talk about it.
Table of Contents for THE LIFE AND DEATH OF CORMAK THE SKALD
|Chapter 1 Cormac's Fore-Elders|
|Chapter 2 How Cormac Was Born and Bred.|
|On The Homes Of Cormac And Steingerd.|
|Chapter 3 How Cormac Fell In Love.|
|Chapter 4 How Cormac Liked Black-Puddings.|
|Chapter 5 They Waylay Cormac: And The Witch Curses Him.|
|Chapter 6 Cormac Wins His Bride and Loses Her.|
|On Hrutafiord And Saurbæ|
|Chapter 7 How Steingerd Was Married To Somebody Else.|
|Chapter 8 How Cormac Chased Bersi And His Bride.|
|Chapter 9 Of Another Witch, And Two Magic Swords.|
|Chapter 10 The Fight On Leidarholm.|
|On The Scene Of The Fight|
|Chapter 11 The Songs That Were Made About The Fight.|
|Chapter 12 Bersi's Bad Luck At The Thor's-Ness Thing.|
|On The Thing-Stead Of Thors Ness.|
|Chapter 13 Steingerd Leaves Bersi.|
|Chapter 14 The Bane Of Thorkel Toothgnasher.|
|Chapter 15 The Rescue Of Steinvor Slim-ankles.|
|Chapter 16 How Vali Fell Before An Old Man And A Boy.|
|On Valis Fall.|
|Chapter 17 How Steingerd Was Married Again.|
|Chapter 18 Cormac's Voyage To Norway.|
|Chapter 19 How Cormac Fought In Ireland, And Went Home To Iceland; And How He Met Steingerd Again.|
|Chapter 20 Of A Spiteful Song That Cormac Never Made; And How Angry Steingerd Was.|
|Chapter 21 How Thorvard Would Not Fight, But Tried To Get The Law Of Cormac.|
|Chapter 22 What The Witch Did For Them In Their Fights.|
|Chapter 23 How Cormac Beat Thorvard Again.|
|Chapter 24 How They All Went Out To Norway.|
|Chapter 25 How They Cruised With The King's Fleet, And Quarrelled, And Made It Up.|
|Chapter 26 How Cormac Saved Steingerd Once More From Pirates; And How They Parted For Good And All.|
|Chapter 27 The Swan-Songs of Cormac.|
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