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    Stephan Grundy's Heathen Novels

    I have recently read Grundy's novel Attila's Treasure and am currently reading Rhinegold. They're novelizations of the Volsunga Saga, with some additional material from other ancient and medieval writings from around the Germanic world surrounding the same family and their associates.

    So far I think the writing is fairly enjoyable, and I quite like the portrayal of heathenism — particularly the contrast between heathenism and Christianity, which shows up especially in Attila's Treasure. Grundy is, of course, also Kveldulf Gundarson, and his portrayal of heathen religion in his novels seems preferable to me in that form than in his Teutonic Religion.

    Has anyone else read these novels by Grundy? Any thoughts on them?

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    Haven`t read them, but now that Ive read your post Im gonna check them out

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leofric View Post
    I have recently read Grundy's novel Attila's Treasure and am currently reading Rhinegold. They're novelizations of the Volsunga Saga, with some additional material from other ancient and medieval writings from around the Germanic world surrounding the same family and their associates.

    So far I think the writing is fairly enjoyable, and I quite like the portrayal of heathenism — particularly the contrast between heathenism and Christianity, which shows up especially in Attila's Treasure. Grundy is, of course, also Kveldulf Gundarson, and his portrayal of heathen religion in his novels seems preferable to me in that form than in his Teutonic Religion.

    Has anyone else read these novels by Grundy? Any thoughts on them?
    I've read them and enjoyed them. But I prefer Diana L. Paxson's "The Hallowed Isle" trilogy and "The Wodan's Children" series. Even though every now and then I got an annoying "Wiccatru" feeling, most of the time her portrayal of our heathen elder kin and their theodish beliefs and folk ways is very VERY accurate and well done.
    I just didn't get that from Grundy's work, which is most likely because he is doing a very close interpretation of Nibelung myth and Paxson is doing a very spiritual, more historical fictiony version.

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    Read Attila's Treasure last year and enjoyed it thoroughly. Rhinegold is in the queue. I don't know enough about the underlying historical material to have much of an opinion about them other than "works for me". Seems like a pretty good introduction, though.

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    Grundy's (aka Kveldulf Gundarsson) books are far preferable to Paxon's in my opinion. I read his Rhinegold just after reading her The Wolf and the Raven (both being adaptions of the same story) and found hers to be seriously lacking.
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    Fictional Heathen Novels?

    Anyone know of any other heathen fictional novels?

    The Way Of Wyrd: Tales of an Anglo-Saxon Sorcerer by Brian Bates

    Thunder God by Paul Watkins

    The Hammer and the Cross by Harry Harrison
    One King's Way by Harry Harrison
    King and Emperor by Harry Harrison

    Viking: Odinn's Child by Tim Severin
    Viking: Sword Brother by Tim Severin
    Viking: King's Man by Tim Severin

    Hammer of the Gods: Christopher Tebbetts
    Viking Pride
    The Quest for Faith
    Land of the Dead

    Hammer of the Gods (Myth Quest) by John Whitman

    The Whale Road by Robert Low
    The Wolf Sea by Robert Low
    The White Raven by Robert Low
    The Prow Beast by Robert Low

    Sons of Thor: Dane the Defiant (Sons of Thor Trilogy) by Magnus Bledwell

    Travels Through Middle Earth: The Path of a Saxon Pagan by Alaric Albertsson

    Some others here: http://www.vikinganswerlady.com/Viki...edNovels.shtml
    and here: http://www.swordandsorcery.org/int-john-hocking.asp

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    The Saxon stories by Bernard Cornwell. (All time favourite.)

    The Saxon Tales is a continuing historical novel series written by the historical novelist Bernard Cornwell about 9th century Britain. The protagonist of the series is Uhtred Ragnarson, sometimes known as Uhtred Uhtredson. Uhtred is born in Northumbria, but captured and adopted by the Danes. The story takes place during the Danish invasion of Britain, where all but one of the English kingdoms is conquered. The story centers on the ruler of Wessex, Alfred, later historically dubbed 'the Great'. Cornwell mentions that he is in fact distantly descended from a historical Uhtred of Bebbanburg, on whom the protagonist is based.[1]

    The following novels are available so far:

    * The Last Kingdom (2004)
    * The Pale Horseman (2005)
    * The Lords of the North (2006)
    * Sword Song (2007)
    * The Burning Land (2009)[2]



    The style:

    The series is frequently compared to The Warlord Chronicles, not only because of similarities between the two protagonists (e.g. both were orphaned), but also in the similarities between the foreign menace in the form of the Danes in The Saxon Stories and the Saxons in The Warlord Chronicles. Alfred also resembles Arthur in his mission as the only man to save his Kingdom (England for Alfred, Southern Celtic Britain for Arthur) from an unstoppable threat.

    The main character, Uhtred of Bebbanburg (Bamburgh) is an old man telling tales of events that took place decades earlier. He intersperses the narrative with often acerbic commentary regarding the events and characters he describes.

    Originally thought to be a trilogy, Bernard Cornwell mentioned in the historical notes at the end of The Lords of the North that he intended to continue writing The Saxon Stories. On his website, Cornwell states he may write seven or eight novels under The Saxon Stories banner. The Burning Land is the latest in the series and was released in 2009. In the historical notes Cornwell notes that several events from the novel have not been concluded, hinting at future books.
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    Thank you Hrodnand!

    Does anyone know of any novels regarding the heathen Germanic tribes in Britain? The pagan days of the saxons, angles, etc in Britain? Maybe their coming to Britain ref. Hengest/Horsa? or any other aspect of this? The only book I can find is the Way of Wyrd by Brian Bates.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Landers View Post
    Thank you Hrodnand!

    Does anyone know of any novels regarding the heathen Germanic tribes in Britain? The pagan days of the saxons, angles, etc in Britain? Maybe their coming to Britain ref. Hengest/Horsa? or any other aspect of this? The only book I can find is the Way of Wyrd by Brian Bates.
    Bernard Cornwell was contacted:

    Hi, Just wondered if you have any plans to write about, or know of any other fictional novels that deal with, the pagan side of anglo-saxon histroy, the coming of the English saxons and their settlements etc, like Hengist and Horsa? All these sort of novels I find in shops are all about Vikings and it gets tiresome. A book on pagan saxons and this side of British history would be great. Any ideas? Thanks in advance.
    His answer was:

    I don't right now - I'm still in the middle of Uhtred's story and I'll stick to that for a few years - and after that? Well, maybe . . .

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