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.

Icelandic Literature FTW

While I don’t normally like to do a link to a link, I am doing it today. The Viking Archive posted a link entry to a compilation of Icelandic literature, the Bibliography of Icelandic Literature. The website is in Icelandic, so to navigate remember that Sögur means “stories, sagas” and Bækur means “books”.

Islandica

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.

Benjamin Bagby

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Benjamin Bagby is one of my inspirations. If you haven’t had the opportunity to see his performance of Beowulf (I’ve only seen it via his dvd), I recommend it.

Did you know that there is a Scandinavian version of the story of Beowulf? Hrólfs saga kraka very clearly comes from the same roots as Beowulf, but is written in Old Norse, focuses on other events and characters than in the Anglo-Saxon version, and has clear influences from the southern Courtly culture. The character that correlates with Beowulf is Bǫðvarr Bjarki.