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Viking Saga about an illegitimate son killing his father the King | 20-Apr-17

Enquirer studied a poem for O'Level - they took their exam in 1984. It was about Vikings, possibly Icelandic. It involved a mother and son living in a village. A king and his entourage pass through and camp there overnight. The mother sends her son to kill the king. They fight and are wounded and the king realises that it is his illegitimate son who he left behind years before.




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The story as outlined has some marked similarities with Matthew Arnold's Sohrab and Rustum, although some of the details are not the same, and the setting is Persian and not Viking.

But it's the kind of poem that *might* well have been set for O-level thirty-plus years ago.

It's just a thought.
Tom Deveson

Much of this sounds like Matthew Arnold's Sohrab and Rustum, although some of the details differ and it has a Persian and not a Viking setting.

But Sohrab and Rustum might well have been a O-level set book thirty-plus years ago.

It's a thought.
Tom Deveson


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