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De langschepen (1941)

door Frans G. Bengtsson

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Frans Gunnar Bengtsson's "The Long Ships" resurrects the fantastic world of the tenth century AD when the Vikings roamed and rampaged from the northern fastnesses of Scandinavia down to the Mediterranean. Bengtsson's hero, Red Orm--canny, courageous, and above all lucky--is only a boy when he is abducted from his Danish home by the Vikings and made to take this place at the oars of their dragon-prowed ships. Orm is then captured by the Moors in Spain, where he is initiated into the pleasures of the senses and fights for the Caliph of Cordova. Escaping from captivity, Orm washes up in Ireland, where he marvels at those epicene creatures, the Christian monks, and from which he then moves on to play an ever more important part in the intrigues of the various Scandinavian kings and clans and dependencies. Eventually, Orm contributes to the Viking defeat of the army of the king of England and returns home an off-the-cuff Christian and a very rich man, though back on his native turf new trials and tribulations will test his cunning and determination. Packed with pitched battles and blood feuds and told throughout with wit and high spirits, Bengtsson's book is a splendid adventure that features one of the most unexpectedly winning heroes in modern fiction.… (meer)
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    The Men of Ness door Eric Linklater (andejons)
    andejons: Bengtsson translated Linklater's book and was probably partly inspired by it. However, apart from being good novels about seafaring vikings, they are rather different in style, with Linklater reading more like a pastiche of Icelandic sagas.
  2. 40
    Egil's Saga door Snorri Sturluson (rocks009)
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    Röde Orm : del I-IV samlingsalbum door Charlie Christensen (andejons)
    andejons: Charlie Christensen has created a comic novel adaptation which follows the original quite close.
  4. 10
    The Sagas of Icelanders door Örnólfur Thorsson (chrisharpe)
  5. 10
    De worm Ouroboros door E. R. Eddison (DCBlack)
    DCBlack: Viking historical fiction with some folkloric and fantastic elements.
  6. 11
    Shogun door James Clavell (jtp146)
    jtp146: Epic historical fiction with exploration.
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    Hild door Nicola Griffith (wandering_star)
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    Memed door Yasar Kemal (chrisharpe)
    chrisharpe: Both are tales of adventure, different in time and place, but equally elegantly told.
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    Odyssee door Homer (chrisharpe)
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I adored this. It's the NYRB reissue of two books originally written in the 1940s: the tale of Red Orme, a Viking chieftain, and his 10th-century life of voyaging, plundering, fighting, and—yes—becoming a family man. Swashbuckling, action-packed, but also oddly sweet, with an undercurrent of dry-as-a-bone, deeply funny humor throughout. This was exactly what I needed to read, plus I learned a lot referencing maps and looking up names as I went. For instance, Harald Bluetooth, the great king of Norway and Denmark, gave his name to Bluetooth wireless—"based on an analogy that the technology would unite devices the way Harald Bluetooth united the tribes of Denmark into a single kingdom," according to Wikipedia. But mostly this was pure fun, intelligent escapism, and recommended for everyone. ( )
1 stem lisapeet | Mar 2, 2022 |
This long novel, published in the 1940s in Swedish, has been regarded as one of the best historical novels ever. I wouldn't go that far myself, but I found it mostly an enjoyable and often amusing read, following the life and voyages of Orm Tostesson in the years around the end of the first millennium, told in a Norse saga style with voyages across Europe and the Balkans and Middle East, tales of battles, horrific massacres, treasure hunts and heroic rescues, weaved into real historical events and characters . Some of the sub-stories go on a bit and become a bit tiresome but there is mostly a good narrative drive and some great set pieces. I noticed a great example of a Viking curse: "may she toss perpetually in the whirlpool of Hell amongst sword-blades and serpents' fangs". ( )
  john257hopper | Feb 26, 2022 |
This is a wonderful adventure story about a Viking named Orm and his various travels and adventures. Orm is kidnapped from his home in Skania (Sweden today) by sea raiders and he becomes a willing member of their crew. His adventures take him all over the known world. He becomes a bodyguard to a Moorish leader and after that goes to the British Isles. He returns home and happily marries and has one final adventure to the Ukrainian steppes. It is well written and fascinating. I found myself constantly looking up names and places to learn more about them. Highly recommend. ( )
  Nefersw | Jan 14, 2022 |
Gritty multi-generational 12th century viking adventure story that The Walking Drum wishes it was ( )
  dualmon | Nov 17, 2021 |
Fun, interesting episodic saga but endless - gave up after 2/3... ( )
  wordloversf | Aug 14, 2021 |
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Bengtsson, Frans G.primaire auteuralle editiesbevestigd
Carlberg, ElsaVertalerSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
Chabon, MichaelIntroductieSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
Meyer, Michael LeversonVertalerSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
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The action of The Long Ships covers, approximately, the years A.D. 980-1010.

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Many restless men rowed north from Skania with Bue and Vagn, and found ill fortune at Jörundfjord; others marched with Styrbjörn to Uppsala and died there with him.

Prologue - How the shaven men fared in Skania in King Harald Bluetooth's time.
Along the coast the people lived together in villages, partly to be sure of food, that they might not depend entirely on the luck of their own catch, and partly for security; for ships rounding the Skanian peninsular often sent marauding parties ashore, both in the spring, to replenish cheaply their stock of fresh meat for the westward voyage, and in the winter, if they were returning empty-handed from unsuccessful wars.

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This book was originally released in Swedish in two parts, in 1941 and 1945. The first part was translated into English by Barrows Mussey as Red Orm in 1943. The whole work was translated into English by Michael Meyer as The long ships in 1954. This is the record for the complete work. Copies of part 1 and part 2 should not be combined with this.
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Frans Gunnar Bengtsson's "The Long Ships" resurrects the fantastic world of the tenth century AD when the Vikings roamed and rampaged from the northern fastnesses of Scandinavia down to the Mediterranean. Bengtsson's hero, Red Orm--canny, courageous, and above all lucky--is only a boy when he is abducted from his Danish home by the Vikings and made to take this place at the oars of their dragon-prowed ships. Orm is then captured by the Moors in Spain, where he is initiated into the pleasures of the senses and fights for the Caliph of Cordova. Escaping from captivity, Orm washes up in Ireland, where he marvels at those epicene creatures, the Christian monks, and from which he then moves on to play an ever more important part in the intrigues of the various Scandinavian kings and clans and dependencies. Eventually, Orm contributes to the Viking defeat of the army of the king of England and returns home an off-the-cuff Christian and a very rich man, though back on his native turf new trials and tribulations will test his cunning and determination. Packed with pitched battles and blood feuds and told throughout with wit and high spirits, Bengtsson's book is a splendid adventure that features one of the most unexpectedly winning heroes in modern fiction.

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