A VIKING SLAVE’S SAGA
Jan Fridegård’s Trilogy of Novels about the Viking Age

JAN FRIDEGÅRD
Translated by ROBERT E BJORK
372pp 2007 LIST PRICE: £38.00 LA74

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Published in Sweden in 1940, Land of Wooden Gods is the first volume of a trilogy that Scandinavians consider among the greatest and most accurate ever written about the Vikings. Fridegård (1897-1968) brings to life not only a warfare culture but the institutions that supported it, especially slavery and a religion of fear. The novel begins with the abandonment of a slave baby, condemned to the wolf-infested woods by a Viking chieftain upset by thrall unrest. The ensuing action shows Holme, the father, acting as no slave has ever before. The scene for this monumental work is a Viking village, with its log halls, stable and sty; feuding families and human sacrifice; broad-sailed dragon ships; and a port of pirates. The story continues in two sequels, People of the Dawn and Sacrificial Smoke.