Prof. Clover and Njáls saga

Medievalist.net provided an article August 27th, Proving Facts in Njáls saga. It is a summary of one of the lectures Professor Carol Clover of the University of California-Berkeley gave during the Saga Conference. (Clover has a wonderful introductory article on gender and its unusual treatment in Old Norse culture as opposed to Medieval European culture, which I recommend to anyone interested in the topic.) And especially since I went to the Æthelmearc event on Njáls saga (you can still check out some of the information on the WordPress blog for the event) just last October, the lecture topic perked my interest.

The introduction didn’t give me any information I hadn’t already read about (and it is ironically about leaving out established information to an audience), but the description of how the saga author sets up the description of less concrete deaths gave me a new perspective.

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Tattúínárdǿla saga & Dr. Jackson Crawford

An interview came upon my radar the other day which interviewed the eminently cool Dr. Jackson Crawford of the University of Colorado (I may have mentioned in more than one place his YouTube channel and videos at some point) on a project he did eight years ago, the Tattúínárdǿla saga or “the story of the Tattoine river valley”.

That’s right. He adapted Star Wars as an Icelandic Saga.

Now, I had of course heard about this project eight years ago. I was in college at the time, working on my Bachelor’s in Linguistics, and studying Old Norse and Modern Icelandic. I thought it was wicked cool at the time, but had no time to really follow the project because I was working on my Bachelor’s in Linguistics. ;-P So, I never really learnt the name of the person who was working on it.

Until this interview article. And I just stared at it for a moment and went, “Ya. Of course it was Crawford…”

So, now that I am not working on my Bachelor’s, I have been taking the time to read the adaption like I’ve been wanting to. I’ve been a little disappointed with how heavily he is drawing from other sagas in the first few chapters. But, there’s also some cleverness that makes me laugh.