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Early Kings of Norway

Thomas Carlyle

1. 01-Preface, Ch 1: Harald Haarfagr & Ch 2: Eric Blood-Axe & Brothers
2. 02-Ch 3: Hakon the Good & 4: Harald Greyfell and Brothers
3. 03-Ch 5: Hakon Jarl & Ch 6: Olaf Tryggveson
4. 04-Ch 7: Reign of Olaf Tryggveson
5. 05-Ch 8: Jarls Eric and Svein & 9: King Olaf the Thick-Set’s Viking Days
6. 06-Ch 10: Reign of King Olaf the Saint pt 1
7. 07-Ch 10: Reign of King Olaf the Saint pt 2
8. 08-Ch 11: Magnus the Good and Others
9. 09-Ch 12: Olaf the Tranquil, Magnus Barefoot, and Sigurd the Crusader & Ch 13: Magnus the Blind, Harald Gylle, and Mutual Extinction of the Haarfagrs
10. 10-Ch 14: Sverrir and Descendants to Hakon the Old, Ch 15: Hakon the Old at Largs & Ch 16: Epilogue

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“The Icelanders, in their long winter, had a great habit of writing; and were, and still are, excellent in penmanship. It is to this fact, that any little history there is of the Norse Kings and their old tragedies, crimes and heroisms, is almost all due. The Icelanders, it seems, not only made beautiful letters on their paper or parchment, but were laudably observant and desirous of accuracy; and have left us such a collection of narratives (Sagas, literally “Says”) as, for quantity and quality, is unexampled among rude nations. Snorro Sturleson’s History of the Norse Kings is built out of these old Sagas; and has in it a great deal of poetic fire,. . . and deserves to be reckoned among the great history-books of the world. It is from these sources that the following rough notes of the early Norway Kings are hastily thrown together.” (Excerpted from Thomas Carlyle’s preface by Karen Merline)