Prince Helgi (Oleg) of Kiev was Arrow Odd of Berurjod. Both heroes historically share a common prophecy: a poisonous snake shall strike them dead ‘neath the skull of Faxi. They share the prophecy because they are the same historical person. Prince Helgi was a Viking and a Varangian (Eastern Viking) who died from the bite of a blood-snake (sword) beneath the skull of his longship, Fair Faxi. His Norse name was Helgi ‘Arrow Odd’ Hraerikson and his Slav name was Prince Oleg of Kiev, son or relative of Prince Rurik of Novgorod. Below is a Table of Contents of his book and Drop Down Menus for the First Draft Chapters of his story. Please feel free to give the book a read and perhaps comments through this website. During this time of Pandemic it is a living document and future drafts will respect valid critiques.
“THE SAGA OF HELGI ‘ARROW ODD’ HRAERIKSON”
A Novel By
Brian Howard Seibert
© Copyright by Brian Howard Seibert
Note: This website is about Vikings and Varangians and the way they lived over a thousand years ago. The content is as explicit as Vikings of that time were and scenes of violence and sexuality are depicted without reservation or apology. Reader discretion is advised.
THE SAGA OF HELGI ‘ARROW ODD’ HRAERIKSON
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Chapter 0.1 : Baby Helgi – Born in a War Zone (c. 839) Page 5
Chapter 1 : Grim Hairy-Cheek Ketilson (c. 840) Page 20
Chapter 3 : The Prophecy (c. 852) Page 32
Chapter 4 : The Varangers of Seville (c. 855) Page 37
Chapter 5 : Oddi and the Nor’Way (c. 856) Page 45
Chapter 7 : The Siege of Constantinople of 860 Page 71
Chapter 8 : The Siege of Kiev (c. 861) Page 81
Chapter 10: Soti’s Gift (c. 861) Page 92
Chapter 11: Hjalmar the Brave (c. 861) Page 97
Chapter 12: The Calling Back of the Hraes’ (c. 862) Page 101
Chapter 14: The Death of Hraegunar Lothbrok (c. 863) Page 110
Chapter 15: Princess Olvor’s Scale-Mail Shirt (c. 864) Page 113
Chapter 16: Holmganger on Samsey (c. 865) Page 129
Chapter 18: Warlock Songs (c. 866) Page 156
Chapter 19: New Ireland, New Scotland, New Angleland (c. 866) Page 168
Chapter 20: Valley of the Mound Builders (c. 867) Page 175
Chapter 21: Vignir (c. 868) Page 177
Chapter 22: Tale of Two Cities (c. 869) Page 184
Chapter 23: The Cataphracts of Rouen (c. 870) Page 191
Chapter 24: Geirrod the Giant and Ogmund (c. 875) Page 193
Chapter 25: The Sons of Gardariki (c. 880) Page 202
Chapter 26: The Barkman (c. 884) Page 203
Chapter 27: The Siege of Paris of 885 Page 233
Chapter 28: Have Sword – Will Travel (c. 886) Page 237
Chapter 30: The Second Siege of Kiev (c. 888) Page 263
Chapter 31: Confrontation with the Caliphate (c. 889) Page 267
Chapter 32: Reconquering the Southern Way (c. 890) Page 270
Chapter 33: The Birth of Ivar the Boneless (c. 896) Page 277
Chapter 34: The Siege of Constantinople of 907 Page 290
Chapter 35: The Roman Treaty of 911 Page 299
Chapter 37: The Prophecy of Arrow Odd, Part Two (c. 912) Page 312
Appendix A : Glossary of Terms Page 351
Appendix B : Map of Eastern Europe of the Ninth Century Page 357
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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:
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Author unknown. Gautrek’s Saga. Iceland, c.1200. Translated by Hermann Palsson and Paul Edwards. Middlesex, 1976.