I don't know if I am really ever ready to write about this yet. The Long Ships was written (but not published in 1939) by Norweigen writer Frans G. Bengtsson
He refused to publish in his own language as long as Germany occupied Norway.
Ultimately, it is one of the greatest adventure stories of all time, a classic three part Viking Epic, a modernist work that manages to tell the stories of Orm Ortesson with such a slight contemporary tough that a quick reading would leave the reader feeling that they had simply read a non-stop page turning, brilliantly written epics.
Further examination shows a subtle modern touch, commentaries on the essential lunacies of all dogma (particularly religious), biting humor, and a defiant statement on the essential freedom that the author refused to give up, in the face of Extraordinary pressure on the part of the Nazi controlled Norwegiens.