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The Story of Rolf and the Viking Bow Paperback – March 26, 2009
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About the Author
Allen French was born on November 28, 1870, in Boston, Massachusetts. He graduated from Harvard University in 1894 and for several years, beginning in 1908, taught English at his alma mater. His first interest, however, was history, and his contributions to historical writing are many and varied. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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When Rolf’s father is murdered by Grani’s father and his lands stolen, Rolf vows to win back his lands lawfully. Rolf’s character grows from an innocent boy to a savvy and steadfast man. He must suffer injustice many times before he comes up with a plan that triumphs over all.
Allen French is a masterful story-teller who knows how to inspire nobility without preaching. There are many character themes beautifully illustrated in his story of Rolf; friendship, forgiveness, humility, looking out for others, perseverance, trust in God...these are just a few.
The language is archaic and can be difficult to swallow at first but it is well worth the effort. The text is terse and packed with purposeful intent, yet rich and beautiful at the same time. He easily switches from prose to verse and vice versa. His knowledge of Norse mythology is fascinating. I have read “Rolf” multiple times with my teenage sons. After reading it I feel like I visited the country and met the people.