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.
If you’re not aware of it, the Viking Answer Lady is a wonderful resource for some general Viking Age information. It is hosted by a SCAdian, so some of the information is centered on SCA concepts (like heraldry and devices).
Sequentia has a lot of good albums out, but Edda is one that I listen to again and again. If you are looking to hear a solidly research-based what-if of what Early Medieval Norse music sounded like, this is it.
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.