S: Rollo the Viking
BC: About the Author Lauren Oliver loves writing poetry and stories. She also enjoys Viking stories and mythology. One of her favorite things to do is play with her brothers or friends. She has a pet guinea pig named Reepicheep who she adores! Lauren had fun creating this book and hopes you will have fun reading it!
FC: Rollo the Viking Lauren Oliver
1: Rollo the Viking by Lauren Oliver
2: Rollo was born in Norway at 846 AD, to unknown parents. He was known as a Viking raider, and was fierce as can be. He was so large that no horse could be found that supported his weight, and therefore, he was called "Rollo the Walker." He was a strong, brave, and fierce Viking leader. He married two times: the first time, Poppa, and the second time Gisela of France.
3: Rollo had 700 ships under his command to capture Paris. But the city was heavily guarded and it would be very difficult to get. For a long time, he and his soldiers sieged Paris, hoping the Parisians would give up. Unfortunately, the Vikings did not succeed in capturing Paris.
4: When the Vikings attacked King Charles' territory, Charles devised a plan to get Rollo on his side. The King asked if in exchange for Normandy, Rollo would swear loyalty to him. Rollo agreed, but when asked to kiss the King's foot, he refused to do "such humiliating business." He sent one of his soldiers to do it for him. The soldier grabbed King Charles' foot and raised it to his lips. The King fell out of his chair, much to the humiliation of himself. Therefore, Rollo was given his own territory! | Nobody knows if Rollo was truthful about serving King Charles, but they do know that he did a great job on his new land. He made strict laws and hung robbers. In fact, Normandy was the safest place in Europe! He did succeed in capturing Rouen, which was a city on the same river above Paris. In about 927 AD, Rollo the Viking died. He, in fact, was the great-great-great grandfather of William the Conqueror! We will always remember him for founding Normandy, and being the fierce Viking that he was.