Eric Brighteyes


Read by Brett W. Downey

(4.4 stars; 47 reviews)

The Saga of Eric Brighteyes is the title of an epic viking novel by H. Rider Haggard, and concerns the adventures of its eponymous principal character in 10th century Iceland. Eric Thorgrimursson (nicknamed 'Brighteyes' for his most notable trait), strives to win the hand of his beloved, Gudruda the Fair. Her father Asmund, a priest of the old Norse gods, opposes the match, thinking Eric a man without prospects. But deadlier by far are the intrigues of Swanhild, Gudruda's half-sister and a sorceress who desires Eric for herself. She persuades the chieftain Ospakar Blacktooth to woo Gudrida, making the two men enemies. Battles, intrigues, and treachery follow. (Introduction by Wikipedia)

(10 hr 17 min)

Chapters

How Asmund the Priest Found Groa the Witch 15:51 Read by Brett W. Downey
How Eric Told His Love to Gudruda in the Snow on Coldback 20:54 Read by Brett W. Downey
How Asmund Bade Eric to His Yule-Feast 16:39 Read by Brett W. Downey
How Eric Came down Golden Falls 17:50 Read by Brett W. Downey
How Eric Won the Sword Whitefire 26:57 Read by Brett W. Downey
How Asmund the Priest Was Betrothed to Unna 18:08 Read by Brett W. Downey
How Eric Went up Mosfell Against Skallagrim the Baresark 24:06 Read by Brett W. Downey
How Ospakar Blacktooth Found Eric Brighteyes and Skallagrim Lambstail on Horse-… 19:17 Read by Brett W. Downey
How Swanhild Dealt with Gudruda 17:29 Read by Brett W. Downey
How Asmund Spoke with Swanhild 17:07 Read by Brett W. Downey
How Swanhild Bid Farewell to Eric 20:58 Read by Brett W. Downey
How Eric Was Outlawed and Sailed a-Viking 23:27 Read by Brett W. Downey
How Hall the Mate Cut the Grapnel Chain 15:57 Read by Brett W. Downey
How Eric Dreamed a Dream 26:46 Read by Brett W. Downey
How Eric Dwelt in London Town 16:03 Read by Brett W. Downey
How Swanhild Walked the Seas 19:08 Read by Brett W. Downey
How Asmund the Priest Wedded Unna, Thorod's Daughter 16:05 Read by Brett W. Downey
How Earl Atli Found Eric and Skallagrim on the Southern Rocks of Straumey Isle 17:32 Read by Brett W. Downey
How Koll the Half-Witted Brought Tidings from Iceland 18:32 Read by Brett W. Downey
How Eric Was Named Anew 18:52 Read by Brett W. Downey
How Hall of Lithdale Took Tidings to Iceland 15:11 Read by Brett W. Downey
How Eric Came Home Again 17:38 Read by Brett W. Downey
How Eric Was a Guest at the Wedding-Feast of Gudruda the Fair 14:58 Read by Brett W. Downey
How the Feast Went 16:11 Read by Brett W. Downey
How the Feast Ended 16:48 Read by Brett W. Downey
How Eric Ventured down to Middalhof and What He Found 17:43 Read by Brett W. Downey
How Gudruda Went up to Mosfell 18:37 Read by Brett W. Downey
How Swanhild Won Tidings of Eric 20:50 Read by Brett W. Downey
How Went the Bridal Night 25:22 Read by Brett W. Downey
How the Dawn Came 17:39 Read by Brett W. Downey
How Eric Sent Away His Men from Mosfell 13:53 Read by Brett W. Downey
How Eric and Skallagrim Grew Fey 14:57 Read by Brett W. Downey
How Eric and Skallagrim Fought Their Last Great Fight 19:52 Read by Brett W. Downey

Reviews

New Haggard fan

(5 stars)

I am a happy ending type person but this was really well written and prepares the reader for what is to come so I didn’t walk away feeling devastated. It felt like it all ended the way it was supposed to. I really enjoyed this and look forward to reading more of Haggard’s brilliant work.

(4 stars)

Brilliantly read Brett.... a tale of its time which, if written today, would undoubtedly end happily ever after, but here does not.

(4.5 stars)

bit tricky to start with but gets better the longer you stick with it

(3.5 stars)

entertaining. decent reader, he sounded like a 1950s radio broadcast

another great story with sad ending

(3 stars)

Eric Brighteyes

(5 stars)

A wonderful tale, true to it's time and beliefs. Though the ending is tragic and sad, it could not have ended any other way. Great reading, thank you!