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The Thrall of Leif the Lucky - A Story of Viking Days Ottilie A Liljencrantz

The Thrall of Leif the Lucky - A Story of Viking Days

Ottilie A Liljencrantz

Published November 5th 2014
ISBN : 9781502953308
Paperback
230 pages
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[...]their crimes, and their good deeds were inspired by the purity and whole-heartedness and divine simplicity of youth. For every heroic vice, the Vikings laid upon the opposite scale an heroic virtue. If they plundered and robbed, as most men didMore[...]their crimes, and their good deeds were inspired by the purity and whole-heartedness and divine simplicity of youth. For every heroic vice, the Vikings laid upon the opposite scale an heroic virtue. If they plundered and robbed, as most men did in the times when Might made Right, yet the heaven-sent instinct of hospitality was as the marrow of their bones. No beggar went from their doors without alms- no traveller asked in vain for shelter- no guest but was welcomed with holiday cheer and sped on his way with a gift. As cunningly false as they were to their foes, just so superbly true were they to their friends. The man who took his enemys last blood-drop with relentless hate, gave his own blood with an equally unsparing hand if in so doing he might aid the cause of some sworn brother. Above all, they were a race of conquerors, whose knee bent only to its proved superior. Not to the man who was king-born merely, did their allegiance go, but to the man who showed himself their leader in courage and their master in skill. And so it was with their choice of a religion, when at last the death-day of Odin dawned. Not to the God who forgives, nor to the God who suffered, did they give their faith- but they made their vows to the God who makes men strong, the God who is the never-dying and all-powerful Lord of those who follow Him. The Thrall of Leif the Lucky [...].