“Lo! There do I see my father…”

You know you’re a Heathen if, when I say, “Remember that great scene from The 13th Warrior? You know, “Lo! There do I….”, you can finish the entire quote automatically 🙂 For you, I give you this. Happy belated Winternights.

Lo, there do I see my father
Lo, there do I see my mother
and my sisters and my brothers
Lo, there do I see the line of my people
back to the beginning.
Lo, they do call to me
They bid me take my place among them.
In the halls of Valhalla,
where the brave shall live forever.

(No, it’s not historically accurate, but it’s perfect.)

5 thoughts on ““Lo! There do I see my father…”

    • Nods, I remember reading this on her site back when I posted this originally. I definitely like Michael Crichton’s version of the words better.

      I hadn’t read about what they did with the slave girl, though, before they burned her in the ship. That’s fascinating. It seems somewhat unnecessarily extensive and brutal when all they had to do was poison her or strangler her. /shrug But then, maybe that is the Arab’s “Vikings are barbarians” spin on things again.

      • I think a lot of Ibn Fadlan’s journal was based in reaction to what he didn’t understand. There is likely plenty of factual observation in his journal; but it’s clear that much of it is not neutral observation.

        I also like Michael Crichton’s take on things 🙂

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