So I discovered this small article that details the processes that have helped keep some buildings from 12th century Scandinavia intact for almost a thousand years. It’s not Viking Age, but it does fall into the Literary Age. 🙂 And I think it’s just fascinating to see how you can prep your lumber before cutting down the tree. And that it will last so long!
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.
I’m a big fan of the work that Daniel Serra does. I have been to one of his lectures, and I have read his blog Eldrimner, and I own the book he co-authored with Hanna Tunberg, An Early Meal: A Viking Age Cookbook and Culinary Odyssey (on ChronoCopia Publishing, Amazon). He takes the archaeological record from the Viking Age and helps to interpret that into plausible recipes. Well, he also does for Medieval Scandinavia too. 🙂
And if you’re in Northshield, you’ll have opportunities to listen to him speak.
Sept 26-29th Norsk Høstfest, Minot, North Dakota will have talks and demos at Viking village there. The ticket for the Great Hall of the Vikings will gain you general admission for the rest of the festival.
October 6th in New York Mills, MN will have an event with samples, but details are yet to be listed.
October 8th Hammerheart brewery (also on Facebook) will have a dinner with Viking Age dishes with commentary. I haven’t found details as of yet.
Also not too far away in Calontir…
October 1st-October 3rd at Vesterheim in Decorah, Iowa a lecture on October 3rd
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.
Islandica is a long-time publication for scholarly papers on Icelandic and Norse topics, and is apparently quite hard to find via search engines (I had to look for an old bookmark since my Google-foo failed.) The most recent papers are available in pdf for free.