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To be perfectly clear, this is not at all what happened to me when reading this book. It certainly is the continuation of the previous volume and, even if the author has been thoughtful enough to include some explanations summarising what happened in “Sorrow Hill”, he is certainly preferable to read the later book first. However, the author has made sure to have plenty of events happening in this volume to retain the reader’s full and undivided interest (or, at least, this reader’s interest!).
In fact, this book marks the end of the war between the Swedes and the Geats but after numerous event including the hero's exile and outlawing. The author presents the Geats as the remnants of the original Goths and the “cousins” of those that moved to the Danube probably between the end of the second and the beginning of the third century AD, and then into the Roman Empire. Complicating this war is a succession war pitting the new King of the Geats and the rest of his family that he is busy betraying and trying to murder. Anyone liking “Dark Age Warrior” stories full of shield wall struggles, battles, warrior ethos of the “death and glory” sort will love this book since it includes plenty of all that. You even get a bit of a romance of sorts, with Beowulf meeting his “fiancé”, a King’s beautiful daughter and grand-daughter, of course, and you will also get a touch of the Gods, or of Wodin at least, since our hero Beowulf is and has been his protégé since he was a child.
Another interesting set of features are those showing elements of everyday life among the various tribes that inhabited Northern Europe, beyond the limits of the now dead Roman Empire. This includes the religious festivals and ceremonies of the Swedes, and in particular a certain one that took place once every nine years and which included numerous sacrifices, including human ones, to garner the favour of the Gods for a fertile year. Other features are the commercial connections liking up southern Sweden (and Stock Holm in particular) to the far North, the Finns to the East and the Norse to the West. The description of early Sixth century “Trondelag” (modern Tronheim in Norway, although Trondelag is still the name of the region) and of its smith is rather well done.
Associated with this is their migration of at least some of the people to the west and/or south, probably in search of land and better living conditions, with their neighbours also expanding by moving into the lands that had just been abandoned. I also wondered at some point whether it was realistic to have all of these various people speak what seems to have been basically the same language. This looked like the least probable feature of the book until I remembered that the languages of all of these people seem to have had common (Germanic) roots. So it may be barely possible, although somewhat unlikely, that all of these people understood each other without needing interpreters,
Also included is a particularly interesting episode where Beowulf and the grandson of the Swedish King go off on an expedition to hunt a couple of rampaging Trolls right up in the North of the Kingdom. One of the most interesting features (there are many others) is precisely the Troll episode and who the author makes them out to be, a choice that he explains in his author’s note at the end of the book. At the very least, the choice is a very interesting one and maybe even a plausible one.
All in all another fun read and looking forward to part 3!
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