ヴィンランド・サガ: Vikings in Manga & Anime

Although the Vikings never quite made it to Japan (as far as we know), their culture still managed to find its way there hundreds of years after the Viking Age. But the impact has been...minimal, to say the least. After all, whenever a curious wanderer searches for バイキング (that's 'Viking' in Japanese) on Google, they … Continue reading ヴィンランド・サガ: Vikings in Manga & Anime

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“All Waters Flow to Dyrafjord”

This quote comes at a pivotal movement of Gisli's Saga, when a man named Vestein decides to face his fate despite warnings from his friends. At this point, those friends (who were sent by Gisli himself) had ridden tirelessly to catch up to Vestein, and they implored him to turn around before riding into the … Continue reading “All Waters Flow to Dyrafjord”

‘Viking’ Love Stories [♪]

Download When it comes to love in the medieval North, these are some of the most essential stories to know. We start things off with a fairly detailed discussion of Freyja, the free-spirited goddess of love and war, which includes some coverage of her ferocious cats and her experience with magic (seiðr). But after that, … Continue reading ‘Viking’ Love Stories [♪]

Njal’s Saga: A Medieval Best-Seller Most People Haven’t Heard of [♪]

Meet Njal's Saga, a medieval best-seller that most people haven't heard of. But despite its relative obscurity today, it stands out as an epic story fused with both archetypal heroes and the tragic social realities of the 'Viking' world, which have become a cage trapping them and plunging them into a endless tide of human violence beyond … Continue reading Njal’s Saga: A Medieval Best-Seller Most People Haven’t Heard of [♪]

Resources for Njal’s Saga

Never heard of Njal's Saga? Don't worry, you're not alone---it's actually a medieval best-seller most people haven't heard of. But luckily, all you have to do is read this post to get yourself acclimated, and then you're all set to enjoy one of medieval Iceland's finest sagas (as so many saga-enthusiasts proudly proclaim)! That introductory … Continue reading Resources for Njal’s Saga

Njal’s Saga: A Medieval Best-Seller Most People Haven’t Heard of

If you want to experience a medieval Icelandic 'family' saga at peak performance, then this is the saga to read. [...]

Feuding, I: What is Feud? Solving Problems with an Axe

Many of the great sagas and ancient lore from the medieval North recount endless, bloody feuds between generations of prominent families: a conflict ends, peace...

Yuletide with Egil and Arinbjorn

Gather 'round the hearth, Hall Companions! I have been gone for quite some time wandering about gathering some much-needed fresh air, but now it is time for me to return and share a story---and given the time of year, I'd say a tale about Yule is in order! Last year, we talked about how the Yule … Continue reading Yuletide with Egil and Arinbjorn

Gisli Sursson’s Epic, Part I

Part I of my epic poem based off of Gisli Sursson’s Saga, a work of medieval Icelandic literature composed during the 13th century! It has been composed by me and therefore should not be mistaken for a historical source. Please consider reading the ‘original’ prose story before (or after) enjoying this poetry.

Interacting with Medieval Iceland

While there is already a wonderful Saga Map out there by Emily Lethbridge, this map presents similar material in a different way (i.e. color-coded regions, themes icons, etc.), and hopes to provide a tool for anyone interested in medieval Iceland and its incredibly geographically-oriented literature. But if you're looking for an academic tool for exploring … Continue reading Interacting with Medieval Iceland