Guest Blog: Hakon Haraldsson – A Viking Like No Other by Eric Schumacher

As part of my author guest blog series I am proud to present another guest blog spot.

Author Eric Schumacher has been kind enough to write a guest blog post for Mighty Thor JRS today. I am very excited and I would like to thank Eric for the opportunity to host this Guest Blog.

Would you like to be a part of my author guest blog series? Please contact me!

Now without further adieu here is Eric’s awesome guest blog.

And don’t forget to check out his books:

God’s Hammer (Hakon’s Saga Book 1)

Raven’s Feast (Hakon’s Saga Book 2)


So go get your copies!


Starting today (July 20), GOD’S HAMMER is on sale in the US and UK for $0.99 / £0.99.

You can grab a copy on Amazon. The sale ends at midnight on July 23, 2017.





Hakon Haraldsson – A Viking Like No Other


A number of people have asked me over the years why I chose Hakon Haraldsson (or “Hakon the Good” as the sagas call him) as the protagonist in GOD’S HAMMER and RAVEN’S FEAST (the first two books in HAKON’S SAGA). While we don’t know all of the facts about Hakon’s life, we do know that even if marginally true, Hakon’s story takes many of the norms of Viking literature and turns them on their head. This not only makes him a memorable hero, but one that instantly drew me to him as a character.


519AbnzawCLThe sagas and literature are bursting with tales of strong, fearsome Viking warriors. Champions like Beowulf. Power-hungry kings like Harald Fairhair. Killers like Erik the Red and adventurers like Bjorn Ironside. They capture our imaginations as much for their ferocity as for their daring and their cunning. Into this mix comes Hakon, a Christian teenager whose byname is “the Good”. Hardly a person or a name to capture one’s imagination. But a closer examination of Hakon’s life and person reveals a far different truth, and a fascinating take on the Viking “hero”.


When Hakon returns from the Christian courts of England to fight for the High Seat of his father’s realm, he’s approximately fourteen. In other words, his body is not fully developed. While he may have been strong or large for his age (we have no way of knowing), he is anything but the Beowulf-esque champion we think of when we imagine a challenger to the throne. And he is hardly the warrior who should be pitted against a vicious king like Erik Bloodaxe, a man who has already murdered a handful of his brothers. Yet Hakon takes up the challenge.


Summoned by his father’s friend and Erik’s enemy, Hakon returns to the North to take on Erik. Here is essentially a boy fighting a man’s game, and doing so with one hand tied behind his back because he is Christian. When he arrives, his pagan countrymen urge him to convert to their faith, yet Hakon holds fast to his beliefs. He knows that converting back to the religion of his forefathers could help him win the support of his people in the fight against Erik, yet in the sagas, he refuses. Why? I contend that it was a different kind of courage that drove Hakon, and one that is a fascinating spin on the traditional Viking yarn.


51N+LHwLxCLIn the mind of his Norse countrymen, Christianity connoted weakness. Yet, Hakon does not shy from a fight. His ambition to rule his father’s realm is no different than the ambition of the brother he seeks to dethrone. But Hakon’s rise is plagued by his convictions. He is essentially fighting two battles: one against his brother (his physical enemy) and one against his own desire to remain true to himself (his emotional enemy). His strength in holding firm to his beliefs is, in many ways, both the source of his power and his greatest weakness. How easy it could have been for him to shed his beliefs and earn the favor of his countrymen. But then, would his emotional fall have led to his inability to capture and keep the throne?


All of this physical conflict and emotional strife grabbed me, so much so that I wrote GOD’S HAMMER and RAVEN’S FEAST, and continue to tell Hakon’s tale in a third, upcoming book. I hope you enjoy them!





About Eric Schumacher

Eric Schumacher (1968 – ) is an American historical novelist who currently resides in Santa Barbara, California, with his wife and two children. He was born and raised in Los Angeles, and attended college at the University of San Diego.


At a very early age Schumacher discovered his love for writing and medieval European history, as well as authors like J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. Those discoveries continue to fuel his imagination and influence the stories he tells. His first novel, God’s Hammer, was published in 2005. Its sequel, Raven’s Feast, was published in early 2017.

















Author: Eric Schumacher
Publisher: Creativia
Publication Date: Feb 1, 2005
Price: $4.99 ($.99 from July 20-23, 2017)
Genre: Fiction/Historical


Starting today (July 20), GOD’S HAMMER is on sale in the US and UK for $0.99 / £0.99.

You can grab a copy on Amazon. The sale ends at midnight on July 23, 2017.


History and legend combine in the gripping tale of Hakon Haraldsson, a Christian boy who once fought for the High Seat of a Viking realm.


It is 935 A.D. and the North is in turmoil. King Harald Fairhair has died, leaving the High Seat of the realm to his murderous son, Erik Bloodaxe. To solidify his claim, Erik ruthlessly disposes of all claimants to his throne, save one: his youngest brother Hakon.


Erik’s surviving enemies send a ship to Wessex, where the Christian King Athelstan is raising Hakon. Unable to avoid his fate, he returns to the Viking North to face his brother and claim his birthright, only to discover that victory will demand sacrifices beyond his wildest nightmares.


Praise for God’s Hammer

“Eric Schumacher has created the most evocative tale in his stunning novel — God’s Hammer. – Mary Yarde, the author of The Du Lac Chronicles

“Author Eric Schumacher put together a rousing story of warfare, religious strife and tested friendships.” – Mercedes Rochelle, author of Godwine Kingmaker and The Sons of Godwine

“I was swept up in the action and enthralled by the descriptions of Hakon’s struggle.”Roundtable Reviews


“I highly recommend this historical fiction novel, both for its entertaining story and historical information.”  – Historical Fiction Review-


More reader reviews






Author: Eric Schumacher
Publisher: Creativia
Publication Date: May 1, 2017
Price: $4.99
Genre: Fiction/Historical

It is 935 A.D. and Hakon Haraldsson has just wrested the High Seat of the North from his ruthless brother, Erik Bloodaxe. Now, he must fight to keep it.

The land-hungry Danes are pressing from the south to test Hakon before he can solidify his rule. In the east, the Uplanders are making their own plans to seize the throne. It does not help that Hakon is committed to his dream of Christianizing his people – a dream his countrymen do not share and will fight to resist.

As his enemies move in and his realm begins to crumble, Hakon and his band of oath-sworn warriors must make a stand in Raven’s Feast, the riveting sequel to God’s Hammer.


Praise for Raven’s Feast

Bravo! A sequel that’s even better than the first book.” – Amazon review

Eric Schumacher’s action-packed historical novel gives profit and pleasure to readers who seek well-researched history, spilling over with suspense.” – Amazon review












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