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Sigurd and His Brave Companions

Sigurd and His Brave Companions: A Tale of Medieval Norway

Copyright Date: 1971
Pages: 152
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    Sigurd and His Brave Companions
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    Inspired by tales of the hero Vilmund Vidutan and his fellow knights, Sigurd Jonsson and his young friends Ivar and Helge set out to reenact these exploits on their medieval Norwegian farm. They carve swords and lances and spend hours making shields. With a little imagination, a pasture becomes a battlefield, an old boar their greatest foe, and they pass many hours jousting and dueling. But when the summer is nearly over, the three boys stumble into real trouble and must prove their courage in an adventure all their own. Written during Sigrid Undset's time in New York, Sigurd and His Brave Companions will make medieval Norway come alive for young and old readers alike.

    eISBN: 978-0-8166-8475-5
    Subjects: History

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. THE BACKGROUND of the Story
    (pp. v-xii)
    Sigrid Undset

    NORWAY was the second of the European countries to be integrated into one kingdom—the first was Denmark. In A.D. 872 King Harold Fairhair defeated a coalition of the princes and kinglets of Norway and made himself master of the whole realm. He partly undid his own work when he made his numerous sons lords of different parts of Norway, with his eldest son the nominal overlord of them all. According to the old way of thinking, every male scion of the house of the Inglings, from which Fairhair was descended, had an equal right to become a ruler, because...

  3. Sigurd and his brave companions A Tale of Medieval Norway
    (pp. 1-136)

    Karl, the Burner, so called because he burned down the woods in the place where he settled, and sowed rye in the ashes, raised crops, and bred cattle and horses. He lived so far away from the habitations of other human beings, that his son Vilmund grew up to manhood without ever having seen anybody besides his father and mother.

    When Vilmund was about eighteen years of age he returned one night from his hunting. He went and sat at the feet of his mother, and said,

    “Today I saw the loveliest animal of the woods. It was down by...

  4. Biographical Note
    (pp. 137-139)
    L. J. B.
  5. Back Matter
    (pp. 140-140)