Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Northern men in fiction

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Northern men in fiction
Either with humor, narrative, informative or advertising purpose, the image of the Viking people still used to have enormous appeal to the general public. Like many other civilizations, the Viking people left written records of its history, which served as the basis for the development of later novels featuring them. However, unlike what happens with other peoples and times, the Vikings have not received much attention in the historical novel, which also may have contributed to the prevalence of the topic of reality.

If we speak of classic texts, then it must refer to sagas like Erik the Red, the Nial or Ragnar Trousers Hairy (perhaps the most media Viking, because his figure carries not only the current television series but also, focusing on his final years, the film The Vikings, shot by Richard Fleischer in 1958), all written between the twelfth and thirteenth centuries in Spanish and available in annotated editions maintained that facilitate the understanding of the times and customs.

In modern literature, works of writers like JRR Tolkien or Robert E. Howard not spared from intense Viking influence, but if we want books specially devoted to them, the most famous is certainly the Red Orm, written by Frans Gunnar Swedish Bengtsson and published in two volumes in 1941 and 1945, which tells the warrior raids both protagonist and the uses of everyday life in his village.

In more recent times it highlights the work of the English Bernard Cornwell, a prolific author of stories set in different historic periods, which has lasted eight novels of the saga that began with Northumbria, which tells the Viking invasion of England in the time of King Alfred through Uhtred adventures, character with a foot between the two civilizations. Nor can forget the trilogy Raven, Giles Kristian, who has won praise from Cornwell own; and, as a curiosity, we should mention that the author of romance novels Joanna Fulford, who died in 2013, also included among his extensive literary and romantic production a trilogy set in the Viking world, with passion, not just warrior.

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