Sandra Hill - [Vikings I 01] by The Reluctant Viking

Sandra Hill - [Vikings I 01] by The Reluctant Viking

Author:The Reluctant Viking [Viking, The Reluctant]
Language: eng
Format: epub, mobi
Published: 0101-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

The next morning, guests began arriving early. The benches built into the side walls of the great hall would serve as pallets for most of the men. Servants would be bumped to the floor or to the stables and outbuildings.

Everyone squeezed together to make room for extra people. Even Olaf’s and Gyda’s girls had to move in with them, and the girls’ chamber was given over to a visiting jarl and his wife from beyond Northumbria. Luckily, Ruby’s small tower chamber was too small to accommodate anyone else.

In the hustle and bustle that overtook the keep that day, everyone ignored Ruby, even at the evening meal where she sat so low at the tables she was practically out the doors. Not that she minded. Her safety lay in being inconspicuous.

Aud served a simple meal that night to the tired guests. Afterward, a skald told poignant sagas of noble Viking deeds. Ruby knew that these oral traditions would be the vehicles to carry the history of these fanciful people to modern times and that some would be lost forever, never being committed to paper. She vowed to search the next day for the skald to have him repeat for her one epic poem she found particularly moving. It involved two hostile half-brothers, Hloth and Angantyr, who both claimed their dead father’s kingship. In the end, Angantyr searched the battlefield for his dead brother, saying:

“…Untold arm rings I offered thee, brother,

a wealth of gold and what most thou didst wish.


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