Friday, 24 June 2016
The Best Warriors
"'...with King Hrolf in Denmark and his warriors...I've heard said for sooth that thither are flocking the best fighters in the Northlands.'" (pp. 135-136)
"'...seek out King Hrolf of Denmark. The best warriors fare to him...'" (p. 166)
What better way to show this than to tell the stories of two such warriors before they join Hrolf. We have already summarized "The Tale Of Svipdag." Now Bjarki:
avenges his father;
receives the magic sword, Lovi (p. 164);
rules as a king;
abdicates after three years;
To paraphrase Milton: better to serve King Hrolf than to be a king elsewhere.
And it seems that Bjarki and Beowulf may originally have been the same guy. See here.