E. R. Eddison's classic saga novel now in paperback--includes for the first time Eddison's remarkable letter of introduction and his unabridged closing note
Styrbiorn the Strong tells the grand tale of Styrbiorn Olafsson, heir to the Swedish throne and known both for his impressive size and strength and his unruly, quarrelsome nature. Denied his birthright and exiled from Sweden, Styrbiorn becomes the leader of the Jomsvikings and sets out to reclaim the Swedish throne in the epic Battle of Fyrisvellir. A rediscovered classic, Styrbiorn the Strong is a tale reminiscent of the Old Norse sagas, a historical novel from one of the twentieth century's most influential masters of fantasy.
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"In a word, Eddison's books are works, first and foremost, of art. And they are irreplaceable."--C. S. Lewis
"The greatest and most convincing writer of invented worlds that I have read." J. R. R. Tolkien"
"In a word, Eddison s books are works, first and foremost, of art. And they are irreplaceable."C. S. Lewis"
"For the qualities of glamour and imagination which stood out in The Worm Ouroboros he has substituted in this book the lusty vigor and poetic simplicity of the old Scandinavian lore, telling Styrbiorn s story with historical fidelity yet with the skill of the true storyteller, clothing it in the style of the old sagas, yet with the beauty of the true stylist." "New York Times""
"The story of Styrbiorn, who, born to hereditary joint-kingship, finds that the intriguing of others has cost him a throne and a friend, and at the last attempts to regain his throne. He fails, but his viking-faring of the earlier days, as well as the glory of his failure, have more than earned for him a spot in Valhalla." "Boston Transcript""
"Eddison writes with a beauty not often found this side of the sixteenth century. His prose is mannered, but it is rugged, energetic, fresh." Walter Yust, " Literary Review""
"The greatest and most convincing writer of invented worlds that I have read."--J. R. R. Tolkien
"The archaic manner . . . you have to do it perfectly. It's a high wire: one slip spoils all. The man who did it perfectly was, of course, Eddison. If you love language for its own sake, he is irresistible."--Ursula K. Le Guin
Eric Rucker Eddison (1882-1945) so loved the William Morris and George Webbe Dasent translations of the Old Norse sagas that he taught himself to read Old Icelandic. He studied classics at Trinity College and went on to write five novels--including the fantasy classic, The Worm Ouroboros.
Paul Edmund Thomas is a literary scholar who has focused most of his work on E. R. Eddison and J. R. R. Tolkien.
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