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The Sagas of Ragnar Lothbrok (Ragnarssögur Loðbrókar): Norse Text, Translation, and Word List

The Sagas of Ragnar Lothbrok (Ragnarssögur Loðbrókar) include 'The Saga of Ragnar Lothbrok' (Ragnars Saga Loðbrókar) and 'The Tale of Ragnar's Sons' (Ragnarssona Þáttr). Also included is The Lay Of Kraka (Krákumál). The legend of Ragnar Lothbrok, one of the best known heroes of the Viking Age, has been told and re-told in an increasing variety of media. The story begins with the origins of Ragnar's second wife Aslaug (or Auslag). Then follows the heroic deed of Ragnar taking up the challenge laid down by King Herraud of Götaland, killing a giant serpent belonging to his daughter Thora Fortress-Hart, and winning her hand in marriage. Ragnar's later marriage to Aslaug is followed by the arrival of several sons, who one by one grow strong and plan raiding expeditions of their own. These stories survived by oral tradition over several centuries before being written down. They are preserved in the Hauksbók, and the manuscript NKS (1824b) 4to in Copenhagen, Denmark. This book is designed to be of use to anyone studying or with a keen interest in Old Norse or Old Icelandic, clearly showing how these languages work, and the influence of these languages on English. This edition is laid out in three columns, the original text, a literal word-for-word translation, and a modern translation. Also included is a word list with over 1,000 definitions.

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