King Ólafr and The Serpent´s Keel

King Ólafr and The Serpent´s Keel

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Laliberte, Camille (en.) b. 19th December 1998
Occupation: Research Assistant

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Artist Not Known Artist not known for this illustration in Children of Odin.

Gods and Goddesses

Óðinn (non.) Odin (en.) The chief god of the Æsir in The Prose Edda. However, in Heimskringla he was a mortal who tricks the King of Sweden into believing that he was a god.

Historical Persons, i.e. from Heimskringla, Saxo, sagas etc.

Óláfr Haraldsson (non.) Olaf Haraldsson (en.) The Norwegian king whose saga makes up one third of Heimskringla. He became a saint one year after he died in 1030. According to Heimskringla, he died at the Battle of Stiklestad.


Edwardian (en.)The Edwardian era began with the reign of King Edward VII, 1901 to 1910 (January 22, 1901 - 28 July, 1914). However, the era's end date is sometimes extended to the beginning of World War 1 (28 July 1914).

Source Materials:

Children of Odin (en.) Children's book by Ernest Edwin Speight published in 1901. The illustrations in MyNDIR are from the second edition that was published in 1903. Disambiguation: This book should not be confused with The Children of Odin by Padriac Colum published in 1920 that was illustrated by Willy Pogany.
Helgisaga Óláfs konungs Haraldssonar (non.) King Olaf the Saint´s Saga (en.) A 13th-century Icelandic saga concerning Óláfr Haraldsson (c. 995 – 29 July 1028) who ruled Norway as Olaf II from 1015 to 1028. He became Saint Olaf II of Norway when he was canonized a year after his death at the Battle of Stiklestad.

Source Persons

Speight, Ernest Edwin (en.) b. 6 December 1871
d. 17 September 1949
Nationality: English
Occupation: Author, Professor of English
Residence: Yorkshire, England
Ernest Edwin Speight, better known as E. E. Speight, was an English professor who worked in India and Japan. He authored Children of Odin, as well as numerous English textbooks. He was awarded the Fifth Class of the Order of the Rising Sun by the Emperor of Japan for his services as a teacher.