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The Gold Horns   By: (1779-1850)

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The Gold Horns by Adam Gottlob Oehlenschläger is a gripping tale that masterfully weaves together history, mythology, and romance. Set in the ancient land of Denmark, the story follows the life of Hermann, a brave warrior on a quest for honor and glory.

From the very beginning, the author's vivid descriptions transport the reader into a world filled with grandeur and enchantment. Oehlenschläger's rich storytelling paints a vivid picture of the Danish landscape, its mythical creatures, and the ancient traditions of its people. The attention to detail is remarkable, allowing readers to envision every scene with remarkable clarity.

At the heart of the narrative lies Hermann's journey as he encounters a series of challenges and obstacles, both physical and emotional. His determination to prove himself in battle and win the favor of the beautiful princess captivates readers. Oehlenschläger expertly captures Hermann's conflicting emotions, immersing readers in his internal struggles and desires.

One of the most captivating aspects of The Gold Horns is its exploration of Danish folklore and mythology. Oehlenschläger seamlessly integrates ancient myths and legends into the storyline, adding an ethereal and magical dimension to the tale. These mythical elements enhance the overall depth of the narrative and provide a captivating backdrop against which Hermann's story unfolds.

Additionally, the book delves into themes of honor, friendship, and the true meaning of love. Through the characters' interactions, readers witness the power of loyalty and sacrifice, as well as the consequences of deceit and betrayal. These nuanced explorations of human nature add layers of complexity to the plot and captivate readers with their emotional resonance.

Oehlenschläger's prose is elegant and timeless, capturing the essence of both the time period and the characters' experiences. Each sentence flows seamlessly into the next, drawing readers deeper into the story and creating a truly immersive reading experience. The translation preserves the original beauty of the text, allowing English-speaking readers to appreciate the author's craftsmanship.

The Gold Horns is an extraordinary work of literature that seamlessly blends history, mythology, and epic storytelling. Its captivating characters, enchanting world-building, and compelling themes make it a must-read for fans of historical fiction and mythology alike. Oehlenschläger's masterful narrative is a testament to his talent as a writer, leaving a lasting impression on readers and securing its place among classic works of literature.

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EDITED with an Introduction by EDMUND GOSSE, C.B.


Copyright in the United States of America by Houghton , Mifflin & Co. for Clement Shorter .


Early in the present year Mr. Thos. J. Wise discovered among the miscellaneous MSS. of Borrow a fragment which proved to be part of a version of Oehlenschläger’s Gold Horns . His attention being drawn to the fact, hitherto unknown, that Borrow had translated this famous poem, he sought for, and presently found, a complete MS. of the poem, and from this copy the present text has been printed. The paper on which it is written is watermarked 1824, and it is probable that the version was composed in 1826. The hand writing coincides with that of several of the pieces included in the Romantic Ballads of that year, and there can be little doubt that Borrow intended The Gold Horns for that volume, and rejected it at last... Continue reading book >>

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