Summary (Masterplots: Revised Category Edition, European Fiction Series)
The first Juviking was Per, a crofter from the south. After a fight with his landlord, he bought the Juvik farm along the fjord. Later his landlord’s daughter went to live with him, but they never married.
Little was known about their sons. In the third generation, the owner of the farm was nicknamed Bear Anders because he had killed a great black beast with an ax. His son was Big Per, so strong that he once saved horse, sledge, and rider from sinking through the ice. After the rescue the man gave Per his daughter for a wife. One of the last of the old-time Juvikings was Greedy Per, a rich miser who stole other men’s nets. In his old age he had a change of heart and gave back what he had taken. Everyone called him a hero, for it took more courage to return stolen goods in daylight than it did to take them after dark.
Two generations later, at the end of the eighteenth century, there was a single son, Per Anders Juvika. Taking a fancy to a girl he saw at a fair, he went to her father and frightened the man so badly that he gave Per his daughter and a handsome dowry. For his wife Ane, Per Anders built a two-story house with a plank floor in every room. They had two boys, Jens and Per, and three daughters, Ane, Aasel, and Beret. Ane and Aasel married and went off to other farms. Beret never married. Jens, wild and reckless like the old Juvikings, was also single, but gentle Per had an industrious wife, Valborg, whom his father had picked out...
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