Heimskringla: The Stories of the Kings of Norway, Called The Round World


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Heimskringla (Icelandic pronunciation: [ˈheimsˌkʰriŋla]) is the best known of the Old Norse kings' sagas. It was written in Old Norse in Iceland by the poet and historian Snorri Sturluson (1178/79–1241) ca. 1230. The name Heimskringla was first used in the 17th century, derived from the first two words of one of the manuscripts (kringla heimsins - the circle of the world).

Heimskringla is a collection of sagas about the Norwegian kings, beginning with the saga of the legendary Swedish dynasty of the Ynglings, followed by accounts of historical Norwegian rulers from Harald Fairhair of the 9th century up to the death of the pretender Eystein Meyla in 1177. The exact sources of his work are disputed, but included earlier kings' sagas, such as Morkinskinna, Fagrskinna and the twelfth century Norwegian synoptic histories and oral traditions, notably many skaldic poems. Snorri had himself visited Norway and Sweden. For events of the mid-12th century, Snorri explicitly names the now lost work Hryggjarstykki as his source. The composition of the sagas is Snorri's.

This solo is Volume 3-5 of The Saga Library by the same translators and is all three volumes of the Heimskringla (which are volumes 3, 4, 5 and 6 of the Saga Library. Volume 6 is notes, index, appendices etc, and is not planned to be recorded). ( Wikipedia and Ærik Bjørnsson) (34 hr 23 min)

Chapters

The Preface of Snorri Sturluson 6:51 Read by Ærik Bjørnsson
The Story of the Ynglings, Part 1 - Chapter I-X 16:54 Read by Ærik Bjørnsson
The Story of the Ynglings, Part 2 - Chapter XI-XXI 14:35 Read by Ærik Bjørnsson
The Story of the Ynglings, Part 3 - Chapter XXII-XXIX 14:23 Read by Ærik Bjørnsson
The Story of the Ynglings, Part 4 - Chapter XXX-XXXVIII 19:26 Read by Jim Locke
The Story of the Ynglings, Part 5 - Chapter XXXIX-XLIV 14:12 Read by Jim Locke
The Story of the Ynglings, Part 6 - Chapter XLV-LV 14:38 Read by Jim Locke
The Story of Halfdan the Black 16:45 Read by Jim Locke
The Story of Harald Hairfair, Part 1 - Chapter I-X 17:16 Read by Jim Locke
The Story of Harald Hairfair, Part 2 - Chapter XI-XX 21:33 Read by Jim Locke
The Story of Harald Hairfair, Part 3 - Chapter XXI-XXX 18:58 Read by Jim Locke
The Story of Harald Hairfair, Part 4 - Chapter XXXI-XL 23:16 Read by Jim Locke
The Story of Harald Hairfair, Part 5 - Chapter XLI-XLVI 11:49 Read by Jim Locke
The Story of Hakon the Good, Part 1 - Chapter I-XIII 21:16 Read by Jim Locke
The Story of Hakon the Good, Part 2 - Chapter XIV-XXVII 28:44 Read by Jim Locke
The Story of Hakon the Good, Part 3 - Chapter XXVIII-XXXII 19:41 Read by Jim Locke
The Story of King Harald Greycloak and of Earl Hakon son of Sigurd - Chapter I-… 37:06 Read by Jim Locke
The Story of Olaf Triggvison, Part 1 - Chapter I-X 23:55 Read by Jim Locke
The Story of Olaf Triggvison, Part 2 - Chapter XI-XX 24:19 Read by Jim Locke
The Story of Olaf Triggvison, Part 3 - Chapter XXI-XXX 17:30 Read by Jim Locke
The Story of Olaf Triggvison, Part 4 - Chapter XXXI-XL 22:04 Read by Jim Locke
The Story of Olaf Triggvison, Part 5 - Chapter XLI-L 24:21 Read by Jim Locke
The Story of Olaf Triggvison, Part 6 - Chapter LI-LX 24:43 Read by Jim Locke
The Story of Olaf Triggvison, Part 7 - Chapter LXI-LXX 17:43 Read by Jim Locke
The Story of Olaf Triggvison, Part 8 - Chapter LXXI-LXXX 14:06 Read by Jim Locke
The Story of Olaf Triggvison, Part 9 - Chapter LXXXI-XC 25:07 Read by Jim Locke
The Story of Olaf Triggvison, Part 10 - Chapter XCI-C 21:10 Read by Jim Locke
The Story of Olaf Triggvison, Part 11 - Chapter CI-CX 21:52 Read by Jim Locke
The Story of Olaf Triggvison, Part 12 - Chapter CXI-CXXII 21:39 Read by Jim Locke
The Story of Olaf the Holy, Part 1 - Chapter I-XV 25:26 Read by Jim Locke
The Story of Olaf the Holy, Part 2 - Chapter XVI-XXX 26:15 Read by Jim Locke
The Story of Olaf the Holy, Part 3 - Chapter XXXI-XLV 36:14 Read by Jim Locke
The Story of Olaf the Holy, Part 4 - Chapter XLVI-LX 37:07 Read by Jim Locke
The Story of Olaf the Holy, Part 5 - Chapter LXI-LXXV 53:59 Read by Jim Locke
The Story of Olaf the Holy, Part 6 - Chapter LXXVI-XC 46:00 Read by Jim Locke
The Story of Olaf the Holy, Part 7 - Chapter XCI-CV 1:01:45 Read by Jim Locke
The Story of Olaf the Holy, Part 8 - Chapter CVI-CXX 55:07 Read by Jim Locke
The Story of Olaf the Holy, Part 9 - Chapter CXXI-CXXXV 57:54 Read by Jim Locke
The Story of Olaf the Holy, Part 10 - Chapter CXXXVI-CXLIV 40:44 Read by Jim Locke
The Story of Olaf the Holy, Part 10 - Chapter CXLV-CL 39:45 Read by Jim Locke
The Story of Olaf the Holy, Part 11 - Chapter CLI-CLXV 58:36 Read by Jim Locke
The Story of Olaf the Holy, Part 12 - Chapter CLXVI-CLXXX 34:06 Read by Jim Locke
The Story of Olaf the Holy, Part 13 - Chapter CLXXXI-CXCV 45:44 Read by Jim Locke
The Story of Olaf the Holy, Part 14 - Chapter CXCVI-CCX 22:54 Read by Jim Locke
The Story of Olaf the Holy, Part 15 - Chapter CCXI-CCXXV 30:32 Read by Jim Locke
The Story of Olaf the Holy, Part 16 - Chapter CCXXVI-CCXL 32:23 Read by Jim Locke
The Story of Olaf the Holy, Part 17 - Chapter CCXLI-CCLII 23:46 Read by Jim Locke
The Story of Olaf the Holy, Part 18 - Chapter CCLIII-CCLXV 25:49 Read by Jim Locke
The Story of Magnus the Good, Part 1 - Chapter I-XIII 26:51 Read by Jim Locke
The Story of Magnus the Good, Part 2 - Chapter XIV-XXVI 24:39 Read by Jim Locke
The Story of Magnus the Good, Part 3 - Chapter XXVII-XXXIX 25:21 Read by Jim Locke
The Story of Harald the Hard-redy, Part 1 - Chapter I-XIII 24:31 Read by Jim Locke
The Story of Harald the Hard-redy, Part 2 - Chapter XIV-XXVI 22:57 Read by Jim Locke
The Story of Harald the Hard-redy, Part 3 - Chapter XXVII-XXXIX 27:00 Read by Jim Locke
The Story of Harald the Hard-redy, Part 4 - Chapter XL-LIII 23:51 Read by Jim Locke
The Story of Harald the Hard-redy, Part 5 - Chapter LIV-LXVI 30:16 Read by Jim Locke
The Story of Harald the Hard-redy, Part 6 - Chapter LXVII-LXXIX 23:14 Read by Jim Locke
The Story of Harald the Hard-redy, Part 7 - Chapter LXXX-XCIII 23:05 Read by Jim Locke
The Story of Harald the Hard-redy, Part 8 - Chapter XCIV-CVI 21:22 Read by Jim Locke
The Story of Olaf the Quiet 19:19 Read by Jim Locke
The Story of King Magnus Barefoot, Part 1 - Chapter I-XIV 36:19 Read by Jim Locke
The Story of King Magnus Barefoot, Part 2 - Chapter XV-XXVIII 21:40 Read by Jim Locke
The Story of Sigurd the Jerusalem-farer, Eystein, and Olaf, Part 1 - Chapter I-X 16:32 Read by Jim Locke
The Story of Sigurd the Jerusalem-farer, Eystein, and Olaf, Part 2 - Chapter XI… 23:29 Read by Jim Locke
The Story of Sigurd the Jerusalem-farer, Eystein, and Olaf, Part 3 - Chapter XX… 40:59 Read by Jim Locke
The Story of Sigurd the Jerusalem-farer, Eystein, and Olaf, Part 4 - Chapter XX… 27:34 Read by Jim Locke
The Story of Magnus the Blind and Harald Gilli, Part 1 - Chapter I-V 15:09 Read by Jim Locke
The Story of Magnus the Blind and Harald Gilli, Part 2 - Chapter VI-XII 23:26 Read by Jim Locke
The Story of Magnus the Blind and Harald Gilli, Part 3 - Chapter XIII-XVIII 16:59 Read by Jim Locke
The Story of Ingi, Son of Harald, and his Bretheren, Part 1 - Chapter I-X 28:28 Read by Jim Locke
The Story of Ingi, Son of Harald, and his Bretheren, Part 2 - Chapter XI-XXI 23:58 Read by Jim Locke
The Story of Ingi, Son of Harald, and his Bretheren, Part 3 - Chapter XXII-XXXII 32:13 Read by Jim Locke
The Story of Hakon Shoulder-Broad, Part 1 - Chapter I-X 22:42 Read by Jim Locke
The Story of Hakon Shoulder-Broad, Part 2 - Chapter XI-XXI 31:27 Read by Jim Locke
The Story of King Magnus, Son of Erling, Part 1 - Chapter I-X 22:50 Read by Jim Locke
The Story of King Magnus, Son of Erling, Part 2 - Chapter XI-XXI 21:49 Read by Jim Locke
The Story of King Magnus, Son of Erling, Part 3 - Chapter XXII-XXXII 18:02 Read by Jim Locke
The Story of King Magnus, Son of Erling, Part 4 - Chapter XXXIII-XLIV 17:22 Read by Jim Locke

Reviews


(3 stars)

I really wanted to listen to this book. The first reader was great but it was hard to follow and keep up with the narrative with the second reader.