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By Allen French

Relates the exciting exploits of Rolf within the land of the Vikings: how he turns into an outlaw, and a thrall, and in the end profits his freedom and avenges the illegal slaying of his father. via his trials Rolf is challenged to develop in manliness, constructing braveness, strength of will, patriotism, and perseverance, and in any case emerging above the feud that has ate up him for therefore lengthy. the tale, encouraged through Icelandic sagas, serves as a superb advent to the existing values of the Viking period. appropriate for a while eleven and up.

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His holding was wide, for he owned all that the fathers of Hiarandi had had. Yet from his yard he often looked with no contented eye toward the hall of Hiarandi, where it stood above the crags, looking far over firth and fell. Now of the men of Einar's household Ondott had the ruling, for he pleased Einar much, yet they were different in all outward ways. For Einar was short and plump, given to puffing and swelling as he spoke, and of many smooth words; but Ondott was tall and thin, lean-visaged and sour, and of surly speech.

It had no harbor, but a little cove among the rocks, where Hiarandi kept his boat; and many ships were wrecked on the headland, bringing fortune to the owners of Cragness, both in goods and firewood. And all the land about once belonged to the farm. Rich, therefore, would have been the dwellers at Cragness, but for the doings of Hiarandi's father. He would always be striving at the law, and he was of ill judgment or ill luck, for what he gained at the farm he always lost. The older he grew, the more quarrelsome he became; and judgments heaped heavy on him, until at last he was so hard put that he must sell all his outlying lands.

CHAPTER VI Of What Hiarandi Should Do HIARANDI spoke not at all of the suits against him, yet he was continually gloomy. " Then on the second night thereafter came a storm; but nothing was said, except that Hiarandi bade the beacon be lighted. Yet he was gloomier than ever. " "A fine or outlawry," replied Hiarandi. "Tell me of outlawry," begged Rolf. " "There are outlaws of many kinds," answered Hiarandi. "Some outlaws are condemned not to leave a district, or even a farm; but some must leave Iceland or else defend their lives.

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