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Eric Brighteyes Paperback – September 25, 2013

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 25, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1456498541
  • ISBN-13: 978-1456498542
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.6 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,140,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Unknown Binding
A must for all Haggard fans, "Eric Brighteyes" is strongly recommended to anyone who enjoys a great tale of heroic endeavour. Perhaps the fastest-paced of all Haggard's many novels, it races from one highspot to another with manly verve and vivid scene-setting. The stalwart Eric and his "thrall" Skallagrim fight back to back against a horde of foes, while two beautiful women vie for Eric's love. The eerie battle at sea is an exciting read in itself, to say nothing of all the rest. Eric is one of the most virile of Haggard's heroes and, like so many of them, is susceptible to earthly temptations and ambitions---unlike Haggard's too often impossibly spiritual females. The reader familiar with Haggard's favourite "archetypes" will recognize in Eric, Skallagrim, Gudruda the Fair, and the wicked Swanhilde the traits of a cast of characters immortalized under other names, in other times and places, in other titles of his famous canon. "Eric Brighteyes" is also distinguished by an interesting author's preface that furnishes some insight into Haggard's imaginative overlay of "high romance" and occult themes on what, in a writer of less lively invention, might have been just a simple adventure story. Both heroes and villains come on strong with splendid confrontational dialogue before coming to blows. A feast for escapists of all ages! Long may it remain in print.
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The author of numerous romance-adventures in the 19th century tradition, Haggard turned his hand, at least once, to the older saga tradition of the northern peoples. The result may well have been his best work. Skillfully crafted, this tale proceeds at breakneck pace to unfold the saga-like adventures of the stout Icelandic yeoman, Eric Thorgrimurs' son (surnamed 'Brighteyes' for his most notable trait), as he struggles to win the hand of his beloved, Gudruda the Fair, despite the vigorous opposition of her half-sister, Swanhild the Fatherless (who seeks Eric for her own). Caught between these two beautiful women and faced with the need to overcome the opposition of Gudruda's father, Asmund the Priest (not the Christian sort) and his son, the greedy Bjorn (who would prefer to marry his sister off to a wealthy chieftain in lieu of a liaison with the farmer's son Eric), our hero must prove himself worthy of his destined bride while dodging the snares of those who would unman him. Conspiring with her mysterious mother, Groa the witchwife, Swanhild arranges to have Ospakar Blacktooth, a northern chieftain from Swinefells, pay Asmund's household a visit in order to see and woo Gudruda for himself. This Ospakar and Eric become immediate foes for Ospakar is as ugly and vile as Eric is handsome and honorable. And the tale only accelerates from here. From death-defying feats of derring-do to duels between deadly foemen to treachery and mayhem in blinding blizzards and on the high seas, this is an adventure which, once having grabbed you, will not let you go.Read more ›
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Stanley Kubrick always wanted to make a movie of this book. See the the massive Taschen book "The Kubrick Archives"
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The author of numerous romance-adventures in the 19th century
tradition, Haggard turned his hand, at least once, to the older saga
tradition of the northern peoples. The result may well have been his
best work. Skillfully crafted, this tale proceeds at breakneck pace to
unfold the saga-like adventures of the stout Icelandic yeoman, Eric
Thorgrimurs' son (surnamed "Brighteyes" for his most notable
trait), as he struggles to win the hand of his beloved, Gudruda the
Fair, despite the vigorous opposition of her half-sister, Swanhild the
Fatherless (who seeks Eric for her own). Caught between these two
beautiful women and faced with the need to overcome the opposition of
Gudruda's father, Asmund the Priest (not the Christian sort) and his
son, the greedy Bjorn (who would prefer to marry his sister off to a
wealthy chieftain in lieu of a liaison with the farmer's son Eric),
our hero must prove himself worthy of his destined bride while dodging
the snares of those who would unman him. Conspiring with her
mysterious mother, Groa the witchwife, Swanhild arranges to have
Ospakar Blacktooth, a northern chieftain from Swinefells, pay Asmund's
household a visit in order to see and woo Gudruda for himself. This
Ospakar and Eric become immediate foes for Ospakar is as ugly and vile
as Eric is handsome and honorable. In an intial conflict between them, Eric outwrestles Ospakar, winning his magic sword from him, despite
the evil workings of Groa to bring about Eric's defeat. In this
manner, Eric at last wins over the reluctant Asmund, who now promises
him his daughter.
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