BOOK 0.1: THE SAGA OF RAGNAR ‘LOTHBROK’ SIGURDSON

THE VARANGIANS

(THE LYING SAGAS OF DENMARK)

BOOK ZERO POINT ONE

“THE SAGA OF RAGNAR ‘LOTHBROK’ SIGURDSON”

A Novel By

Brian Howard Seibert

© Copyright by Brian Howard Seibert

WRITER’S UNCUT EDITION

(Contains Scenes of Violence and Sexuality Consistent with the Viking Period)

(May be Offensive to Some)

Kelowna, B.C.

2022 AD


THE VARANGIANS – BOOK ZERO POINT ONE

King Ragnar ‘Lothbrok’ and Princess Aslaug ‘Kraka’ by A. Malmstrom (c. 1880)

THE SAGA OF RAGNAR ‘LOTHBROK’ SIGURDSON

Table of Contents

0.1  PROLOGUE – THE BIRTH OF DENMARK  (Circa 0 AD) 5

0.2  PROLOGUE – PRINCE HRAERIK’S AMLETH (HAMLET)  (Circa 500 AD) 16

0.3  PROLOGUE – THE BATTLE OF BRAVALLA  (Circa 700 AD) 39

1.0  PRINCESS ASLAUG SIGURDSDOTTIR  (Circa 800 AD) 61

2.0  PRINCE RAGNAR SIGURDSON  (Circa 810 AD) 74

3.0  KING RAGNAR SIGURDSON  (Circa 810 AD) 86

4.0  THE ROAR OF FAFNIR, THE FIRE BREATHING DRAGONSHIP  (Circa 810 AD) 99

5.0  KING RAGNAR FOUNDS LONGPHORT DUBLIN IN IRELAND  (Circa 810 AD) 113

6.0  KING RAGNAR ‘LOTHBROK’ FOUNDS THE NOR’WAY  (Circa 810 AD) 119

7.0  KING RAGNAR ‘LOTHBROK’ GOES TO LIERE  (Circa 810 AD) 125

8.0  KING RAGNAR’S NOR’WAY AND SOR’WAY (Circa 812 AD) 142

9.0  THE BATTLE OF THE SCHLEI  (Circa 813 AD) 154

10.0  PRINCES IVAR AND SIWARD ‘SNAKE IN THE EYE’  (Circa 815 AD) 168

11.0  KING RAGNAR RETURNS TO HRAEGUNARSTEAD  (Circa 820 AD) 182

12.0  THE BATTLE OF ZEALAND  (Circa 822 AD) 198

APPENDIX A: GLOSSARY OF TERMS.. 216

APPENDIX B: MAP OF EASTERN EUROPE OF THE NINTH CENTURY.. 222

© Copyright by Brian Howard Seibert

All rights reserved.

No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopy, recording, or any information or storage retrieval system, without permission in writing from the author.

The author wishes to acknowledge his indebtedness to the following works, upon which he has based much of his research and a great deal of his writing:

Saxo Grammaticus.  The First Nine Books of the Danish History of Saxo Grammaticus.  Denmark, c.1200.  As translated by Oliver Elton, B.A. London, 1893, with consideration toward the translation by Peter Fisher.  Cambridge, 1979.

Author unknown.  Arrow-Odd:  A Medieval Novel.  Iceland, c.1200.  As translated by Paul Edwards and Hermann Palsson.  New York, 1970.

Authors unknown.  The Hrafnista Sagas.  Iceland, c.1200.  As translated by Ben Waggoner.  Lulu.com, 2012.

Author unknown.  The Saga of King Heidrek the Wise (Hervor’s Saga).  Iceland, c.1200.  As translated by Christopher Tolkien.  Oxford, 1960.

Vernadsky, George.  The Origins of Russia.  Oxford, 1959.

Pritsak, Omeljan.  The Origin of Rus’.  Cambridge, Mass., 1981.

Davidson, H.R. Ellis.  The Viking Road to Byzantium.  London, 1976.

Dunlop, D.M.  The History of the Jewish Khazars.  New York, 1967.

Author unknown.  Gautrek’s Saga.  Iceland, c.1200.  Translated by Hermann Palsson and Paul Edwards.  Middlesex, 1976.

Snorri Sturlason.  The Prose Edda.  Iceland, c.1300.  As translated by Lee Hollander, B.A. London, c.1960.

 

This Book is a Work in Progress but is in its Final Draft. Ragnar ‘Lothbrok’ Sigurdson was a Viking and some descriptions may be sexually explicit or violent due to the nature of Viking behavior. Below is are  Drop Down Menus for the Final Draft Chapters of his saga. Please feel free to give the book a read and, if you wish, perhaps comment through this website. During this time of Pandemic, it is a living document and future chapters will respect valid critiques where possible.