Advice from Odin, II: New Year

Some folk say that a new year means little more than a changing date, but most people see this time is an opportunity for renewal. For those seeking to better themselves this year, I hope that you all succeed in fulfilling your oaths---and we shall drink to your honor this night, as we celebrate! In …

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Advice from Odin, I: Drinking

This advice is always good to follow, but I tend to share it the most around New Year's (for fairly obvious reasons). That said, whether it is that time of year or not, allow me to share some of Odin's warnings and advice about drinking. After all, we should all drink responsibly. Besides, I don't …

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Selections of Poetry by Jónas Hallgrímsson

Jónas Hallgrímsson (1807-1845) is still frequently regarded as the most loved and admired poet of Modern Iceland.[1] He grew up on a rural farm in North Iceland (Hraun in Öxnadalur), where he learned and lived the oral traditions of Icelandic folklore, poetics, and saga reading; but, when he was sixteen, he spent six years studying …

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Concerning Overworking

As busy as the Master Builder burdening Svadilfari with stone,[1] the book-grove dweller,[2] the brain-gilder,[3] will one day reduce to weary bone. Hurry to Heimdall’s[4] peaceful mead-hall, to Himinbjorg,[5] when giant’s wind[6] howls in the brow-fortress;[7] to Baldur’s[8] hall, fair Breidablik,[9] when mind-trouble prowls. Notes: 1 | These first two lines refer to a story …

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04 – Rímur: Reciting Part I of Gisli Sursson’s Epic

Behold! a modern Viking's poem! Hear a skald recite the first part of an epic poem inspired by Gisli Sursson's Saga, a work of medieval Icelandic literature written during the 13th century. This part of the poem recounts the first chapter of that saga, which takes place in Norway just a few generations before Gisli’s time. Quick …

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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.