This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text.
Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original
book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not
illustrated. 1862 edition. Excerpt: ...is more likely,
falsification. It is more likely to have stood originally Diurness.
Who this Olaf Arnfinnsson was, nothing else is known, for the
ballad does not give particulars regarding him; we only see that he
must have been the king's favourite--perhaps one of his
relatives--whose position was not of such significance as to
occasion the mention of him in an historical record, but who, on
the other hand, may have acted an important part, in the eyes of
the common people, from whose ballads we must conclude, the more we
examine them, that his sickness and death were considered an
unlucky omen, and were put in immediate connection with the king's
own demise, which happened not long afterwards. He must have been
held in repute for bravery and energy, as the king esteemed him so
much. It is said, at an earlier period, that the king, before
setting out from Norway, looked "over all the company," and not
observing Olaf he inquired where he was, and why he did not
accompany them, when "the little page" answered, " Olaf came the
very hour you called your men to battle." It is quite possible that
the whole of this little episode might not perhaps have been known
to the whole fleet, but was confined to a few of the ships. There
is, however, scarcely room for doubt that it was a real occurrence,
and was at least subsequently considered ominous. During the two
days' stay at Loch Eribol another unpleasant affair also took
place. The king had been hearing mass on Sunday, the 28th, which
was Simon and Jude's day, when his people brought a few Scots whom
they had taken captive. He gave them all their liberty, and sent
them up to the heights in the neighbourhood, under the promise that
they should come back again with a...
|Country of origin:
Peter Andreas Munch
||246 x 189 x 2mm (L x W x T)
||Paperback - Trade
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