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Njáls saga on Horseback

An intriguing idea for your summer holidays…

Njáls Saga on horseback

Are you interested in travelling on horseback through the setting of Iceland’s most dramatic and popular Saga? In late June Jón Karl Helgason, assistant professor at the University of Iceland and the author of The Rewriting of Njáls Saga (1999), will be co-guiding a four day tour (3 riding days) through the setting of Njáls Saga.
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Recordings of Reconstructed Old Norse

Kendra Willson writes (in a comment to another post, but I thought it would be better to move it to the front, so more people might see it):

Where can I find recordings of Old Norse texts with reconstructed pronunciation?

I have pointed out Raven of Denmark’s performance of part of Atlakviða
( to my students and to an actor who planned to make an audition video in Old Norse in hopes of getting a part in Mel Gibson’s film with Leonardo DiCaprio (I live in Los Angeles) before that project was suspended due to Gibson’s latest scandal. The only other recording with reconstructed pronunciation I have found online is a recitation of part of Völuspá recorded for Librivox ( – scroll down to Old Icelandic) by one Julian Jamison, an economist in Pacific Palisades. Are there more out there? Thanks for any tips.

Can anybody offer Kendra suggestions?

Season’s Greetings

I just wanted to wish all readers of Old Norse News a very gleðileg jól. Thanks to everybody who’s contributed to discussions on the site or sent me new items to cover. The site’s really started to take off in 2009, with over 20,000 visits, and I hope you’ve found some of the information we’ve given out useful or our conversations interesting. I hope to do a lot more with the site in the new year–posting more often will be a priority, to being with. For now, though, I’m off to try and finish my mythology book, and so there will be an official hiatus in activity here until January.

Peter Foote

Some very sad news: Professor Peter Foote died on Tuesday 29 September. Peter was undoubtedly one of the seminal figures in twentieth-century medieval Scandinavian studies. Perhaps best known to a wide readership for The Viking Achievement, which he wrote with David Wilson, Peter’s contributions to the field were many and varied and continued late into his long life. His editions are masterful, and his critical work full of knowledge, good jugdement, wit and style. He will be missed by his many friends in Iceland and Scandinavia, but particularly so in London, where he was first Professor of Scandinavian Studies at University College London (where he continued to teach now and then until 2006, over twenty years after his retirement)  and a doyen of the Viking Society for Northern Research. Although I only got to know him in the last five years, I shall remember him with great fondness and gratitude for his generosity and sage advice. It is undoubtedly the end of an era.