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 …

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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 …

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King Hakon the Good Complicates Yule

As many are of you are already aware, this time of year is popularly regarded as a Revived Yuletide with the Winter Solstice typically being the beginning of this 'New' Old Yule. Yet, although I too regard this day as a New Yule, I must also admit that this is not historically true. Long ago, …

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Hord and the Mound of Soti the Viking

Today is Old Yule Eve, and I have quite the story to share with you all tonight! A wanderer by the name of paganoldsoul requested that I tell stories about Odin and Yule, and so I have found one worthy of a retelling. While it may not be exactly what they had in mind, it is …

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The Sagas and Tales of Icelanders

[Click Here to Skip the Preface and Go Directly to the Saga List] Preface Illustrating a complex society filled with feuds, heroism, and aspects of everyday life, these sagas and tales bring Iceland's Viking Age past back to life. Although written primarily during the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, these Icelandic works of literature reflect the …

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