Tuesday, 18 December 2012
Gaining And Sharing The Kingdom
He has gained this partial kingship by deserting an ally and:
"...Harald steered for the nearest hamlet, cut down the folk on the beaches who tried to stop him, and plundered and burned." (The Golden Horn, New York, 1980, p. 261)
One of his men protests, " 'This is no way to fight...against women and harmless farmers.' " (p. 263)
- but Harald says that it is necessary. He refuses to farm as his father did. The father was right and Harald is wrong. But, in this series, Anderson is writing realistic historical fiction. Harald is not Conan, the wholly admirable hero of a heroic fantasy.
Addendum, 18/12/12: The blurb on my copies of The Last Viking misdescribes Harald as "...the real-life CONAN..."!