197 – The Sons of Ragnar Lodbrok (versus Battle-Cattle)

We’re at a massive turning point for Britain. The Great Heathen Army is arriving on the Northern shores. I have been racking my brain for weeks trying to figure out how best to tell you this story deal with the Great Heathen Army, because it has all the elements that make a story nearly impossible to tell. On the one hand what remains to us of the Great Heathen Army has aspects that are almost certainly pure legend, along the lines of the story of King Arthur. It’s very tempting to just tell this story as a legend and discuss the legendary aspects in a direct way.

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  1. I’m a rookie to try learning English lately. I know this website doesn’t aim to teach English. Although I don’t understand what you say usually. I will be a member in this website and I will try to speak like you with transcript. Also I’m wondering your accent that is British or American accent?

      1. you have a portland accent. I live near Boston and New York, your’s is closer to English than either of those.

  2. In all fairness to the Dread Cow – a big bull charging around and goring people would be pretty darned scary to people who lack bullfighting expertise.

  3. All hail the dread Cow God! Woe to those foolish enough to challenge the battle cattle!!! (Unless you happen to be boneless; then it might work out okay).

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