Downtown Bend: Writers Reading - The Ideal Viking

Sunday, November 17, 2019
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Downtown Bend Library
Brooks Room
Join author and historian C.J. Adrien to discuss "the ideal Viking."

A stanza from the saga of Egill Skallagrímsson describes the Viking spirit - bold, restless, and with a burning desire for adventures far from home:

My mother promised me,
To soon purchase for me
A ship and good oars,
To go away with the Vikings,
To stand Proudly at the Prow,
To steer a beautiful ship,
Linger in the ports,
And to strike and fight.

For nearly three centuries, the sea raiders we today call the Vikings terrorized coastlines and river systems across Europe. They sailed as far as west as Newfoundland and as far east as Baghdad. Many Viking sea captains' names have survived to today, but none embodied the Viking spirit more than a man named Hasting.

A supposed son of Ragnar Lodbrok (of History Channel fame), and referred to in the Gesta Normanorum as the Scourge of the Somme and Loire, his life exemplified the qualities of the ideal Viking.

Join author and historian C.J. Adrien for a discussion on Hasting's life and legacy.

C.J. Adrien is a bestselling author of Viking historical fiction novels with a passion for Viking history. His Kindred of the Sea series was inspired by research conducted in preparation for a doctoral program in early medieval history as well as his admiration for historical fiction writers such as Bernard Cornwell and Ken Follett. He is also a published historian on the subject of Vikings, with articles featured in historical journals such as L'Association des Amis de Noirmoutier, in France. His novels and expertise have earned him invitations to speak at several international events, including the International Medieval Congress at the University of Leeds, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), conferences on Viking history in France, among others. C.J. Adrien earned a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Oregon, a Master's degree from Oregon State University, and is currently searching for the right university to complete his doctoral thesis.

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Books available for sale, Q&A to follow.

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