A Story Of The Viking Age
“Olaf The Glorious – A Story of the Viking Age” is a much earlier work, but still worth a read. It’s actually based on historical events – or a version of these which appeared in various Icelandic sagas and the Anglo-Saxon chronicles.
In fact, authors like Robert Low have used this as a reference work for their own novels. One of the central characters in the Oathsworn series – Crowbone – is based on Olaf The Glorious.
Olaf the Glorious is Olaf Triggvysson – and you may expect to see a variety of different spelling of his name if you chance upon him in other works of fiction. Probably best if we just call him Olaf from here on in. He was a real historical character who lived, as far as we know, between 963 and 1000 AD.
Olaf spent time as a slave in his youth – but he was a prince of Norway, and not about to remain a captive for very long. He eventually escaped from slavery and embarked upon a series of adventures which took him all over Europe and the Middle East (the Vikings were very well travelled) before pressing his claim for the throne of Norway.
Olaf eventually becomes King of Norway before meeting his end, in a suitably heroic manner, during an epic sea battle against a combined fleet of Swedes, Danes and rebel Norwegians.
Robert Leighton has produced a book which is historically accurate, but never dry. There are times when it does read like a bit of Victorian “Boys Own” fiction, which is hardly surprising given its vintage (first published in 1894), but over the piece, it’s a bit of a page turner really.
It’s a great read for anyone who enjoys historical fiction and who likes Viking sagas in particular. As mentioned earlier, it has been used as a reference for a variety of more modern works, and reading it may enhance your enjoyment of these even further.
Here are a few other Viking books for your info and enjoyment: