Aug 19

Well that's enough time looking awesome, we should get some lunch.Click for full image

David Comments: I wonder what kind of reception he gets with that helmet.
Published 1973

Half dog, half tree?
Many thanks to David!

Actually, that cover IS a classical work of art!I would touch it without protective gloves.I've seen worse. Far, far, worse.Interesting, but I would still read it in public.Middlng: Neither awful nor awfully goodWould not like to be seen reading that!Awful... just awful...That belongs in a gold-lame picture frame!Gah... my eyes are burning! Feels so good!Good Show Sir! (Average: 5.79 out of 10)

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30 Responses to “Hrolf Kraki’s Saga”

  1. SI Says:

    “Born of a treacherous love union”

    Now that’s the title of my next album 😀 And when I say next, I mean first.

    I do think this is awesome though. I like to think he has been posing like that for several hours.

  2. cutmanmike Says:

    Those bloody love unicorns!

  3. A.R.Yngve Says:

    He will most likely get a scornful reception:
    “Ha! Look at stupid Hrolf, stopped in the doorway again because he forgot to take off his helmet…”

    Alternate caption #1:
    “By Odin’s eye, I’ll give that longboat five more minutes to arrive, then I’m going home…”

    Alternate caption #2:
    “AAARRGH!! Cursed axe got stuck in my thigh again!!”

  4. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    “Spencer, I want a manly Viking type on that cover!”

    “Yes, Boss!”

    “With an axe! And a shield! And a fur wrap, held on by a manly belt!”

    “Done and done, Boss!”

    “And one o’ them big Viking helmets, with horns out to here!”

    “…here, Boss?”

    “No, out to HERE! And a wolf staring out toward the reader, with his haunches stuck in a piece of driftwood.”

    “…drift…wood…Fine, fine, Boss, I think we can do this. You want a dramatic location, Boss?”

    “Yes! I want a scrap of grassy land between a rocky talus slope and the pounding waves of the great salty sea!”

    “Hm, well, it’s a tall order, Boss. But I’ll make it work.”

    “Good man, Spencer. And I want it all together in as little space as possible. Maybe, so I can cover it up with my thumb.”

    “…I’m just making a short trip to the off-license again, Boss.”

  5. Evad Says:

    Here’s a gag that never gets old. Just run up to Hrolf and tap the tip of his helmet. It rolls right off his head. Just don’t hit it from behind – he hates it when the nose guard jabs his face.

  6. Tom Noir Says:

    My initial impression is that Hrolf was sitting in a huge woven basket-chair that was coming apart. Then I thought, “No, that can’t be right. It’s his hair. Huge and dreadlocked, it swirls around him like a cape.” But then it appears that he’s also wearing it. Although I would think that a cloak made of coarse rope would chafe incredibly.

    And anyway I can’t imagine anyway he could anatomically be in that position unless he’s seated. Which brings us back to the basket chair.

    What gives?!?

  7. SophaLoaf Says:

    With a slip of the axe and additional arm weight, he is just asking for his leg to be chopped off.

  8. NGpm Says:

    I can just envision one horn full of mead and another full of fruit.

    Perhaps the helmet is only a little bucket type helm and the horns are really attached to his head?

  9. e.lee Says:


    if the axe slips the other way, that wolf is on its way to Valhalla

  10. Vic Says:

    “I’ll just lean back here on this…damn! There goes my cloak. Well, I’ll just twist around like the chiropractor showed me. How did this stray fox/micro-lupine get here? Oh well. Just a few more inches…” *splash!*

  11. Mark V Thomas Says:

    “Thrud, is that you…?”.
    (Sorry, but I could’nt resist inserting a gratitious Thrud The Barbarian reference here, given the outregous helmet design…).

  12. anon Says:

    That’s a very short handle on that axe. Did he steal it from some midget …umm.. dwarf, I mean?
    OTOH he has a huge shield
    …and a huge foot..?

  13. David Cowie Says:

    I wonder if this is an example of what my friend Tim used to call “fur jockstrap novels”

  14. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Real Vikings could rarely afford horns on their helmets — much less impractical, show-offy big ones like that…

    So Hrolf was clearly an upper-class twit Viking.

  15. Deborah Says:

    he must be a nice barbarian, cos the puppy seems to like him

  16. Brian B Says:

    I don’t know I kind of like this one. It is nice to see a model whose body looks more like a real person rather than a chistle-cut steriod popper…People are going to think I’m into bears now aren’t they?

  17. David Cowie Says:

    He hasn’t missed many meals, has he?

  18. anon Says:

    “Dad, could you come here and model for me for a minute! No need to put your shirt on.”

  19. Steve Fahnestalk Says:

    Also Darrell K. Sweet.

  20. Ryan Says:

    Hrolf must spend a lot of time in a canoe, because surely in that pose he is rowing, right?

  21. fred Says:

    Looking at this cover I think foot stomping wasn’t allowed in Viking fights, which I am sure was meticulously researched for 100% historical accuracy.

  22. Max Bathroom Says:

    I’ve never heard a hat called a saga before. Is that some sort of viking thing?

  23. Tracy Says:

    A treacherous union of human/Bigfoot hybrid and grizzly bear?

    I think the art is successful in that I can almost smell this guy. OTOH that doesn’t sell me on the book.

  24. Tor Mented Says:

    Conan the Beer Barreller.

  25. GSS ex-noob Says:

    I own this (in a different cover where anatomy isn’t confusing) and it is indeed a Ripping Yarn, full of all the Viking barbarian swashbuckling you can handle. Poul knew his Scandi stuff (his parents emigrated from Denmark, where he lived as a kid)..

    It’s a glorious mashup of almost all the sagas and legends. In which nobody is dumb enough to put their axe on their knee, nor do I recall any half-dog, half-driftwood critters.

    Poul would have been excellent sitting by the fire in a longhouse hall, drinking med and declaming sagas. He was pretty damn good with a bottle of beer in your average hotel room..

  26. Bruce A Munro Says:

    19th century romantic nationalist painters would be embarrassed by that hat.

    GSS ex-noob: perhaps the dog is half Timber Wolf.

  27. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Bruce: LOL and GSS!

    I bet this picture is just Hrolf and his dog-thing posing for a bitchin’ scene, and most of the time he wears a normal helmet and doesn’t put an ax like that. The expression you see on his face could easily be “Are we done with this yet?”

  28. Hammy Says:

    By Kraki, that’s an interesting cover…. 😉

  29. Hammy Says:

    Hey, what’s that on Hrolf’s left upper arm? It looks like a really fancy case so he can carry his cellphone when he’s out looting and pillaging. Keeps it out of range of the Timber Wolf, as well.

  30. Leak Says:

    To think that someone somewhere at the publisher had to have said “Release the Kraki!” at some point…

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