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Viking Tales Hardcover – April 1, 2005

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Renowned historical writer of late eighteen century. Hall's chiefly wrote spellbinding travel memoirs. Her works are known for their vibrant narratives and vivid descriptions. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Kessinger Publishing, LLC (April 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1432605194
  • ISBN-13: 978-1432605193
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,787,648 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book has been an interesting read for us because it has given rise to many discussions about the Vikings and their values/beliefs. It is full of tales about their lifestyle, which was often violent and full of hardship. To give a few specifics....Harald (the king) has a "thrall" which is essentially a slave/servant with an iron collar banded around his neck, and there is much talk of the Viking Gods and their view of "heaven." I find it a fascinating book in many regards, but not always the easiest or most captivating reading for my seven-year old--it's taken some work on my end to develop/sustain her interest in some of these stories. I'd recommend it for a bit older age range (perhaps 10 and up)
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For those wanting an interesting peek into the lifestyle of the vikings and an insight into their mindset, this will be a worthwhile read. Find out how slaves (or thralls) were used and treated by the privileged of society. Get a glimpse into the clothing worn and foods eaten. Most importantly, this text will help explain the worldview of these mysterious people. They worshiped strange gods, and felt their life after death would be humiliating if they didn't die courageously in battle. To die any other way would've been shameful. The sense of extreme entitlement struck me strongly as I read, seeing these men take what they wanted, whenever they felt the need, killing persons standing in their way. You'll gain insight into some more famous men and vikings from history and lore: Harald, King of Norway, as well as Eric the Red and Leif the Lucky. Stories are told in a straight-forward manner with little building of tension or drama. Otherwise, I would've given this book a 5 star. This is definitely a worthwhile read for those studying the Middle Ages with young children or who simply want to share these stories with little ones. Recommended for children 6 or older.
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Hall writes of the Norse legends and travel tales of Iceland, the stories of kings and battles of ship sailing. These stories have three values. These adventure tales, including the discovery of America (named Vinland) by the Norse, are a gripping chronicle of the human desire for exploration and a tantalizing glimpse of what would many centuries later become the New World. Anyone interested in Viking lore and Icelandic legend will find this a valuable resource.
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This book teaches us the history of these ancient explores in sory form. Very fun. Too bad we never got to read this stuff when I was in school! I would have loved History class!
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This was an excellent read for a Viking tale. It provided insight on how vikings lived and thought. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn about vikings.
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I'd give this a thousand stars if I could. It is a great read and free! Everyone should get it.
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For someone like myself, unaware of many of the Viking stories and traditions, this book is a quick and easy introduction. As it was written for young children it, of course, highlights the courage and love of adventure of the Vikings while downplaying their (to the modern mind) blood lust. I found it telling that characters called attacking and pillaging neighbors and strangers having a frolic.

I encourage those who read this book to read the footnotes given in the story for they give additional information about the Viking culture that couldn't be fit in the story without taking it into tangents that would mire the plot in details kids would find boring. Also, read the final piece where the author gives suggestions for integrating the stories in this book into a school curriculum. Things have changed since the early part of the 20th century and yet you can see, even then, how teachers were struggling to engage students' interest in the history and geography of the world around them.

Then go watch the television series, THE VIKINGS and see how our interpretation of their lives has changed.
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The story was good and was similar to other Viking tales I have read on the settling of Greenland and Iceland and beyond. However it is written for a 10 year old reading level. The conversations are irritatenly simple and the descriptions of the lands and people's actions feels like you are reading a child's coloring book.
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