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The Black Viking  
Oct. 19, 2017
Author:  Bergsveinn Birgisson
Category:  Non-fiction: General/Other
Description:  This story begins in Rogaland year 846 AD. One day a very special royal son is born- Geirmund Heljarskinn. But we know almost nothing about this personality, there is no saga about him, and posterity has done it´s best to forget him. Why?
We know that his mother was from Siberia, therefore, he was born with Asian features. Geirmund Heljarskinn becomes the "Black Viking" – the most powerful settler on Iceland through times. Dark-skinned and with Mongolian facial features he was a pioneer in international hunting economy. Heljarskinn had hundreds of slaves; Christians from Scotland and Ireland.
1100 years later a distant relative of Geirmund, author Bergsveinn Birgisson, addresses the question of Geirmund Heljarskinn´s life, and why he is forgotten. Old fragments, modern genetics and information collected on trips to faraway places is put together, creating a fascinating and shocking portrayal of a raw and poetic past.
Rarely, if ever, has the Viking Age been introduced to us in this way.
Rights already sold:  Finland Sweden Brazil Italy Iceland
Other information:  Film rights sold to Paramount Pictures & Anonymous Contents
Contact:  Trude Kolaas Ciarletta
Immaterial Agents
trude@immaterial.no
Item number:  13129
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