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The long ships : a saga of the Viking age

Author: Frans Gunnar Bengtsson; Michael Leverson Meyer
Publisher: New York : Knopf, 1954.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : [First American edition]View all editions and formats
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Red Orm--canny, courageous, and above all, lucky--is only a boy when he is abducted from his Danish home by the Vikings and made to take this place at the oars of their dragon-prowed ships. Orm is then captured by the Moors in Spain, where he is initiated into the pleasures of the senses and fights for the Caliph of Cordova. Escaping from captivity, Orm washes up in Ireland, where he marvels at those epicene  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Sea stories
Fiction
Historical fiction
Sea fiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Bengtsson, Frans Gunnar, 1894-1954.
Long ships.
New York, Knopf, 1954
(OCoLC)582498580
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Frans Gunnar Bengtsson; Michael Leverson Meyer
OCLC Number: 665925
Notes: Translation of Röde Orm.
Description: 503 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Other Titles: Röde Orm.
Responsibility: Frans G. Bengtsson ; translated from the Swedish by Michael Meyer.

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Red Orm--canny, courageous, and above all, lucky--is only a boy when he is abducted from his Danish home by the Vikings and made to take this place at the oars of their dragon-prowed ships. Orm is then captured by the Moors in Spain, where he is initiated into the pleasures of the senses and fights for the Caliph of Cordova. Escaping from captivity, Orm washes up in Ireland, where he marvels at those epicene creatures, the Christian monks, and from which he then moves on to play an ever more important part in the intrigues of the various Scandinavian kings and clans and dependencies. Eventually, Orm contributes to the Viking defeat of the army of the king of England and returns home an off-the-cuff Christian and a very rich man, though back on his native turf new trials and tribulations will test his cunning and determination.

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