Unn or Aud? The Saga(s) of a Remarkable Woman who Settled Part of Iceland

Today we talk about the remarkable Aud the Deep-minded, an impressive woman from medieval Iceland who boldly saved her family from destruction and became one of Iceland’s most famous settlers. But there’s a catch: she hasn’t always been remembered in quite the same way. In the sagas recounting her deeds, she has been called both Unn and Aud; and although they each refer to the same person, those names reflect alternative versions of both her story and her identity. And so, the aim of this gathering is not only to enjoy her impressive saga(s), but also to unravel the different ways that she has been remembered by the authors who retold her story throughout the medieval period.

Make sure to visit the Hall’s website (link below) for a complementary interactive map displaying Aud’s journey and links to the sagas and academic materials mentioned in today’s gathering!

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Music Credits:

🌿 “Fjörn’s Melody,” by Fjörn the Skald
🌿 “Interlude,” by Fjörn the Skald … More Unn or Aud? The Saga(s) of a Remarkable Woman who Settled Part of Iceland


The Swords of Norse Legend, with Gramr, Sköfnungr, and Grásíða

In this gathering by the hearthside, we’re sharing the stories of three legendary swords from the sagas of the medieval North: Gramr, Sköfnungr, and Grásíða! And while we do, we’re going to find them plunged into trees by a strange old man, stolen from burial mounds by Icelandic Vikings, and manhandled by a headstrong poet. But if that’s not interesting enough, we’re also going to slay a dragon, cut off someone’s back end, introduce ourselves to a sword-dwelling snake, and fix a broken blade with some sorcery. By the end, we’ll not only have cool stories to tell our friends, but also learn a thing or two about what these swords meant for the people telling their tales. Honestly, what’s not to like? It’s a great deal! So tune in to Fjörn’s Hall, if you’d like to hear more!

Make sure to visit the website/blog for a complementary map and links to all of the academic material mentioned during this gathering!

Media Links:

Website/Blog: (https://fjorns-hall.com/)
Twitter: (https://twitter.com/Fjorn_the_Skald)
Facebook: (https://www.facebook.com/FjorntheSkald/)
Patreon: (https://www.patreon.com/fjorn)

Music/Sound Credits:

“Fjörn’s Melody,” by Fjörn the Skald (Intro/Outro Theme)
“Epic Heroic Orchestral Music” by SoundFlakes
“Medieval Combat” by Yap_Audio_Production
“Bodhran Irish Drum” by pogmothoin (www.kickblue22.com/)
“Celtic Tin Whistle” by luis_audp
“Macedonian Tambura” by Tomlija

All music/sounds are licensed under Attribution License: (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/) … More The Swords of Norse Legend, with Gramr, Sköfnungr, and Grásíða