Heimskringla: The Chronicle of the Kings of Norway by Snorri Sturluson

Heimskringla“Heimskringla” is a bright and dramatic, but at the same time extremely true story about the fate of hundreds of people who really existed in ancient times, but the dead for many centuries, the richest gallery of human images painted with brilliant simplicity. Heroes and heroines of the work speak and act as living. Snorri Sturluson doesn’t say anything about what they think or feel. But the more shows their perfect shaped inner world, so entirely different to the one characteristic of modern man, and which is discerned from their words and actions.


“Heimskringla” – is at the same time the only treasure of its kind, of the few surviving information about the distant past of the Nordic countries. About its legendary historical and mythical times, the turbulent era of the Vikings and other peoples. About the eventful first centuries of the Scandinavian States. Thus, although for most of the book in the center of the field of view of Snorri Sturluson — the Scandinavian countries, it also contains a lot of valuable information about the rest of Europe — from Ireland, Scotland and England in the West, the White Sea in the North, Byzantium and Scythia in the South, to Gardariki (Slovenia — Novgorod Russia) and Rosi (Kievan Rus) in the East of Europe, and the great Country of Aces of the Ural mountains (Svitjod, a Holy Race, belovode, great Tartary), on the territory of Western and Eastern Siberia. But it is striking that, despite the abundance of reported information and in contrast to what usually takes place in all sorts of “historiographical” works, in the immortal creation of the great Icelandic man remains the main object of the image all the time.

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