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  • BBC - The Viking Sagas documentary

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  • The Viking Sagas | History Documentary

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    Sagas are stories mostly about ancient Nordic and Germanic history, about early Viking voyages, the battles that took place during the voyages, about migration to Iceland and of feuds between Icelandic families. They were written in the Old Norse language, mainly in Iceland.

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  • EGILS SAGA ????️EPISODE 1 ????️VIKING HISTORY ????️Audiobook with Nordic Dark Ambient Music

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    In this first episode of Egil's Saga (Chapters 1-9) we learn of Egil Skallagrimsson's grandfather Kveldulf and Kveldulf's son Thorolf (Egil's uncle). Reading from the 1893 translation by WC Green which is in the public domain. This story was first written down in Iceland in 1240 AD by Anonymous but many people believe it to be the work of Snorri Sturluson.

    Narration, original music and black and white film (shot in Iceland and Norway) by me, Ulf Crow.

  • The Tale of Ragnar Lothbrok // Icelandic Saga // 13th Century

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    To coincide with the start of season 6 of the TV series Vikings, here we have where it all began...

    Written in the 13th century in Iceland, the Tale Of Ragnar Lothbrok (Ragnars saga loðbrókar) tells the story of the legendary Viking king Ragnar Lothbrok and his sons, a story of love, tragedy, trickery and of course - a dragon.

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  • Rebellion - Sagas Of Iceland: The History Of The Vikings Volume I

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    Tracklist:
    01. In Memorandum Lindisfarnae 0:00
    02. Ynglinga Saga (To Odin We Call) 1:45
    03. The Sons Of The Dragon Slayer (Blood Eagle) 8:57
    04. Ragnhild's Dream 13:19
    05. Harald Harfager 17:52
    06. Eric The Red 24:29
    07. Freedom (The Saga Of Gang Hrolf) 30:26
    08. Treason 35:15
    09. Sword In The Storm (The Saga Of Earl Hakon, Protector Of Norway) 40:44
    10. Blood Rains (The Saga Of King Olaf Trygvason) 45:46
    11. Ruling The Waves 50:14
    12. Canute The Great (The King Of Danish Pride) 55:15
    13. Harald Hadrade 59:19

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  • Hrolf Krakis Saga and Old Norse Literature

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    This is an introduction to Old Norse literature as exemplified in the Saga of King Hrolf Kraki. It presumes familiarity with the second half (chapters 24-52 of Hrolf's Saga) available in a translation by Peter Tunstall at It introduces the folk-tale of The Bear's Son and parallels between the character of Bodvar Bjarki and the Old English Beowulf.

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  • Saga Stories #1: Þingvellir

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    Meet Dr Matthew Roby ( a postdoctoral fellow from the University of Iceland, who will be the host of a new video series entitled ‘Saga Stories’. In this series, Matthew will be taking you to beautiful places throughout Iceland and telling you stories from the medieval Icelandic sagas that are set there. In the first episode, he’ll tell you three different tales that are set in one of the most important locations in medieval Iceland: Þingvellir, the historical location of the Icelandic national parliament.

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  • The Animated History of Iceland

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  • Quotes from the Viking Sagas

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    Quotes from the Icelandic Sagas.

    -Saga of the Volsungs (Volsunga Saga)
    -Vinland Sagas (Eirik the Red's Saga & Graenlendinga Saga)
    -Orkneyinga Saga (The Saga of the People of Orkney)
    -Laxdaela Saga (Laxardal Saga, the Saga of the People of Salmon-River Dale)
    -Njal's Saga (The Saga of Burnt Njal)
    -Egil's Saga (The Saga of Egil Skallagrimson)
    -The Saga of Grettir the Strong
    -Gisli Sursson's Saga, and the Saga of the People of Bolli
    -Eyrbyggja Saga
    -Hrafnkel Saga
    -The Prose Edda
    -The Saga of King Hrolf Kraki
    -King Harald's Saga (The Saga of Harald Hardrada of Norway)

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  • Dr Janina Ramirez - The Viking Sagas

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    Dr Janina Ramirez explores Icelandic literature in the BBC Four documentary 'The Viking Sagas'. BBC © 2011
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  • How the Viking Sagas Shaped Assassins Creed Valhalla - History Podcast

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    In this epic podcast we discuss the best of both world's history and gaming. Specifically we talk about how ancient Norse sagas shaped Assassins Creed Valhalla. I am joined by Darby McDevitt, the narrative director for Assassins Creed Valhalla, and Dr. Jackson Crawford, a scholar and educator of ancient Norse history.

    We begin the video by introducing our guests and seeing what first brought them into the world of the Viking Age. We then talk about the history of the old norse sagas and their role in Viking history. Specific examples are given about how they were produced, what form they took, and what they discussed. Dr. Jackson Crawford provides an excellent summary of the viking sagas including the Volsunga Sagas, Egils Saga, and more from which we derive Norse mythology, Norse Myth, and Norse history. Next we pivot to see how the Assassins Creed Valhalla engaged with this material and went on to incorporate it into the Assassins Creed Valhalla campaign and story.

    In my own Assassins Creed Valhalla review from early access I can indeed confirm that much of what we discussed shines though into the game. I feel this conversation further enriched my experience and I know it will for you as well.

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  • How The Norsemen Became The Seafaring Vikings | Wings Of A Dragon | Timeline

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    For nearly 500 years the Norse people dominated the oceans, known by their remarkable ships and known for their death, destruction and burning down of anything in their way. They used sophisticated navigation methods and navigated safely over remarkably long distances.

    Relive the time when the Viking dragon – an emblem of terror and devastation – flew from the shores of Scandinavia, across seas and rivers, to the rest of Europe and beyond.

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  • Ved Stanford Brua - Norse Song of The Battle at Stamford Bridge

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    The battle at Stamford Bridge in 1066 is what marked the decline of the vikings, and the end of the viking era. It is also said that if the Norsemenn had won here, they would've ruled much of Britain for years to come. The king in this song, Harald Hardråda, is concidered to be the last great viking king in history.

    The song was created by Norwegian folk singer Harald Foss.

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  • Saga Stories #2: Egils Saga

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    Join Dr Matthew Roby ( on a blustery day in West Iceland, as he walks you through three tales from Egils saga: the story of Egill’s first poetic composition at his grandfather’s farm on Álftanes; the story of the deadly ball game between Egill and his father on Digranes, modern-day Borgarnes; and the story of Egill’s depression and poetic healing, following the death of his sons.

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    The English translation of ‘Sonatorrek’ quoted in this video is by Bernard Scudder.

  • Hrafnkels saga, read in Old Norse with full English translation

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    Hrafnkels saga Freysgoða, read in its entirety and in its original language. One of the most renowned Icelandic sagas, it is famed for its sharply-defined, powerful characters and its depiction of Iceland's legal system.

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  • The First Icelanders

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    Witches, wizards, shapeshifters and sorcerers. Who were the first Icelanders? What were their background stories? Religion? Magical arts they practiced? Their voices echo in the rocks, hills and mountains of Iceland. Their stories will never be forgotten.

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  • The Viking Discovery of the Americas

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    An extract from the Vinland Saga about how Leif Erikson, Thorvald Erikson and Thorfinn Karlsefni discovered the New World by sailing from Ireland to Iceland, then to Greenland and then across to Newfoundland.

    The extract also details how the Viking explorers traded and fought with the Native Americans, who they called Skraelings.

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  • The Vikings! - Crash Course World History 224

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    In which John Green teaches you about Vikings! That's right, one of our most requested subjects, the Vikings, right here on Crash Course. So what's the deal with Vikings? Well, the stuff you've heard about them may not be true. The Vikings weren't just pagan raiders striking terror into the hearts of defenseless European Christendom. They were some of the greatest travelers of their time, and they weren't always traveling to steal. In a lot of cases, they were traveling to trade. John will teach you about Viking trade goods, Norse Mythology, and yes, there will be blood, guts, and dragons. OK?

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  • The Sea Wolves | A History of the Vikings

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    The Sea Wolves: A History of the Vikings - Book by Lars Brownworth

    In AD 793 Norse warriors struck the English isle of Lindisfarne and laid waste to it. Wave after wave of Norse ‘sea-wolves’ followed in search of plunder, land, or a glorious death in battle. Much of the British Isles fell before their swords, and the continental capitals of Paris and Aachen were sacked in turn. Turning east, they swept down the uncharted rivers of central Europe, captured Kiev and clashed with mighty Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantine Empire.

    But there is more to the Viking story than brute force. They were makers of law - the term itself comes from an Old Norse word - and they introduced a novel form of trial by jury to England. They were also sophisticated merchants and explorers who settled Iceland, founded Dublin, and established a trading network that stretched from Baghdad to the coast of North America.

    In The Sea Wolves, Lars Brownworth brings to life this extraordinary Norse world of epic poets, heroes, and travellers through the stories of the great Viking figures. Among others, Leif the Lucky who discovered a new world, Ragnar Lodbrok the scourge of France, Eric Bloodaxe who ruled in York, and the crafty Harald Hardrada illuminate the saga of the Viking age - a time which “has passed away, and grown dark under the cover of night”.

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  • Differences between Norwegian, Swedish and Danish Vikings

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  • A Beginners Guide to Sagas and Horses | Iceland Academy

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    Saddle up and prepare for old Nordic tales of Vikings and horses. Let Sirrý guide you by the reigns through ancient Iceland.

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  • Who Were The First Vikings? | The Vikings | Chronicle

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    They were bloodthirsty Scandinavian warriors and fine craftsmen. They opened trade routes, founded cities and captured ancient hubs. The Saxons of England feared them but mocked their careful grooming habits. In short, they were pirates with style. But who were the first Vikings and did they actually originate much earlier than we originally thought?

    This five-part series follows the Vikings everywhere they went, revealing new discoveries that turn Viking history on its head. We tell their incredible story from eye-witness accounts and the foremost experts on Viking warfare and way of life.

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  • 4. The Greenland Vikings - Land of the Midnight Sun

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    One of the most unlikely tales of a society’s fall is the incredible saga of the Vikings of Greenland. Find out how these European settlers built a society on the farthest edge of their world, and survived for centuries among some of the harshest conditions ever faced by man. Discover how this civilization was able to overcome the odds for so long, and examine the evidence about what happened to cause its final and mysterious collapse. Including Viking poetry, Inuit folktales and thousands upon thousands of walrus.

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  • The secret messages of Viking runestones - Jesse Byock

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    Learn the history of Viking runes, the ancient Norse language of symbols that make up an alphabet called the futhark.

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    With their navigational skills and advanced longships, the Vikings sustained their seafaring for over 300 years. But for all their might, they left few monuments. Instead, fragments of stone, bark and bone found in the sites of ancient settlements provide the keys to their culture. Many of these objects are inscribed with Old Norse written in runic letters. Jesse Byock explores the ancient language.

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  • Hurstwic Viking combat training DVD 3: Viking Fighting Moves from the Sagas

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    Hurstwic is pleased to announce the release of the third in our series of Hurstwic Viking combat training DVDs: Viking Fighting Moves from the Sagas. This promotional video shows some excerpts from the DVD. Explore the fighting moves that made Viking warriors feared and admired throughout Europe in the early medieval period. Whether your Viking raids aren't bringing in as much income as they once did, or you're fed up with being bullied by berserkers, we think you'll find material on this DVD to help you, and to learn more about the Viking-age people and their use of weapons. Use this DVD to step in to the mind and the world of the Norsemen.
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  • A Conversation in Old English and Old Norse

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    Were Old Norse and Old English really mutually intelligible? Jackson Crawford and @Simon Roper set out to test this often-asserted statement as best as they know how.

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  • The Saga Of Grettir The Strong - FULLSTERKUR

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    In this clip from the new documentary feature film FULLSTERKUR, about the tradition of heavy stone lifting in Iceland, we see how the folklore and legends from the country’s Viking past still resonate for people today. Rather than slaying dragons or sea monsters, the relatable stone-lifting hero Grettir the Strong was an outlaw, often battling his own inner demons above all else. Many of the famed stones in Iceland are named in honor of the Grettir Saga and the perseverance the character’s story represents.

    Releasing live on Facebook, Sunday, August 26 at 8PM EST, FULLSTERKUR is the third documentary in a collection of films produced by Rogue Fitness, exploring strength culture around the world, connected specifically by the ancient tradition of stone lifting.

    The film features some of the modern stars of Iceland strength, including Magnus Ver Magnuson, Hafthor Bjornsson, and Annie Thorisdottir. But it also sheds light on strength culture’s early roots in the region, from the traditions of the Vikings and Sagas to the lives of farmers and fishermen.

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  • The History of Norse Paganism

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  • Leif Erikson discovers America // 999 AD // The Saga of Erik the Red

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    As requested in our poll a few days ago, here we have some more Icelandic saga for you!

    Though not supposedly the first European to see America (that honour goes to Bjarni Herjólfsson), Leif Erikson is credited with being the first to make landfall on the American continent. As the saga tells it, Leif first sighted 'Vinland' (as it was later named after its supposed abundance of grapes) after being blown off course en route to spread Christianity to Greenland on behalf of Olaf Trigvasson. Located in modern day Newfoundland in Canada, a number of Viking age settlements have been dug up in that area - including a ship repair station - dated to a good five hundred years before the arrival of Columbus.

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  • The myth of Thors journey to the land of giants - Scott A. Mellor

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    Thor – son of Odin, god of thunder, and protector of mankind – struggled mightily against his greatest challenge yet: opening a bag of food. How had the mighty god fallen so far? Scott Mellor tells the myth of Thor's journey to Utgard.

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  • Museum & Tasglann nan Eilean Live Stream - Hebrideans in the Viking Sagas

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    Dr Andrew Jennings - Hebrideans in the Viking Sagas
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  • Who was the REAL Bjorn Ironside?

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    Following in the footsteps of his legendary father Ragnar Lothbrook, Bjorn Ironside was said to have been known as a fierce leader and eventually a king. His exploits would see him reach the shores of Andalusia and even see him in a standoff with the outskirts of Rome.

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  • Gunnar Hámundarson: The Invincible Viking

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    Gunnar Hámundarson was a Viking who according the Njáls saga was almost invincible on the battlefield. He was also apparently, outrageously handsome.

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  • What are Icelandic Sagas? | #IntrotoIceland

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    Iceland has a long history of storytelling, a facet of their culture that remains strong to this day. Icelandic sagas took shape between the 12th and 14th centuries. While some European cultures were honing their architectural skills, Icelanders found their strides in the written word. Icelandic sagas are stories of conflict and woe, romance and the great human struggle. Though the sagas were written close to 1,000 years ago, their impact on the everyday life of Icelandic people is still very strong.

    What is particularly unique about the sagas is that they portray a newly-forming society in a previously uninhabited land, so thanks to these sagas we know about the first settlers and societal development over the centuries. These sagas were written in a style closer to modern day novels rather than structured as historical chronicles, and the tales of strong men and women with their turbulent endeavors told in colorful language make the stories so attractive to readers.

    To this day, Icelanders place a huge emphasis on literature. Reykjavik was named a UNESCO City of Literature in 2011! Icelanders read more books per capita than any other country in the world, and 1 in 10 Icelanders will publish a book at some point in their lives. There is still great respect for those who write and tell stories for a living, and books are the most popular Christmas present!

    Iceland Naturally is taking you through all the aspects of Iceland's culture! Check out our channel to learn more about the different aspects of Iceland's culture, from cuisine and cocktails to literature and art! Share your thoughts with us on social media using #IntroToIceland.

  • Icelandic Sagas, Old and New

    1:42:10

    Scholar and author Professor Ármann Jakobsson (University of Iceland) answers questions about Icelandic literature from the earliest days to the present from Patreon supporters of Jackson Crawford in a Patreon-exclusive Crowdcast conversation recorded September 18, 2021. See more of Professor Ármann Jakobsson's work at (includes a bibliography of all published work).

    Jackson Crawford, Ph.D.: Sharing real expertise in Norse language and myth with people hungry to learn, free of both ivory tower elitism and the agendas of self-appointed gurus. Visit JacksonWCrawford.com (includes bio and linked list of all videos).

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  • Viking Voyages to Canada

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    Around the turn of the second millennium A.D., Norse explorers explored and established a colony on the eastern coast of Canada. Tales of these adventures were eventually put to parchment, forming the foundations for texts known today as the Icelandic sagas. A thousand years later, in 1960, a Norwegian couple named Helge and Anne Stine Ingstad searched for the ruins of the legendary Viking colony on the northern tip of Newfoundland's Great Northern Peninsula. Following a tip from a local, they discovered a cluster of Norse ruins near the village of L'Anse aux Meadows- verification of the sagas written so many centuries ago.

  • VIKING SAGAS Heimskringla: Ynglinga Saga Part 8

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    A reading including commentary on my translation of the viking saga collection Heimskringla. This is the eighth part of the Ynglinga Saga, which is the first saga of Heimskringla. This part covers the kings Agne, Alrek and Eirik, Alf and Yngve.

    00:00 Introduction
    00:33 Short comments
    01:34 On Agne
    14:20 On Alrek and Eirik
    17:27 On Alf and Yngve

    In this video we go into the reign's of the early kings of the Ynglinga lineage Agne, Alrek and Eirik, Alf and Yngve. Alrek and Eirik get their fame from having killed each other with their horses bridles. Alf and Yngve share their fates, as these brothers also kill each other over Alf's wife.

    My background is as a Norwegian, but have I lived in Denmark many years as well, and have travelled extensively in Scandinavia and Europe and so I bring a lot of local knowledge of the places, geography and folkloristic history associated with the saga literature. I have a lifelong interest in nordic history, language and dialects. I think this will bring a lot of interesting commentary to the sagas that especially non-Scandinavians can find interesting and helpful in appreciating the saga literature.

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  • A Coalbiter Makes Good: The Saga of Ref the Sly

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    Norse saga heroes frequently start life as a coalbiter--a lazy, good-for-nothing teen. One of the best examples is unconventional saga hero Króka-Refr (Ref the Sly).

    Jackson Crawford, Ph.D.: Sharing real expertise in Norse language and myth with people hungry to learn, free of both ivory tower elitism and the agendas of self-appointed gurus. Visit JacksonWCrawford.com (includes bio and linked list of all videos).

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  • Old Norse: Getting the Timeline Right

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    It's easy for us, looking back, to see the past as all one flat period. But in fact there is about 1000 years separating the Old Norse language from Modern Icelandic and from Elder Futhark, both of which we try to associate it with today.

    Jackson Crawford, Ph.D.: Sharing real expertise in Norse language and myth with people hungry to learn, free of both ivory tower elitism and the agendas of self-appointed gurus. Visit JacksonWCrawford.com (includes bio and linked list of all videos).

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  • Viking Language 1 Learn Old Norse, Runes, and Icelandic Sagas Viking Language Series

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  • History of the Sagas

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    Carlyle, Thomas. The Nibelung lied Critical and Miscellaneous Essays, vol. 2, London: Chapman and Hall, 1896, pp. 218-273.

    Ciklamini, Marlene. “Old Norse Epic and Historical Tradition.” Journal of the Folklore Institute, vol. 8, no. 2/3, Indiana University Press, 1971, pp. 93–100.



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  • The Saga of Gisli Sursson, pt. 1

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    Iceland's ultimate outlaw saga, a recap of the main action with brief commentary. This video covers roughly chapters 1-17; future installments will cover the rest of the saga but will not necessarily be posted contiguously.

    Jackson Crawford, Ph.D.: Sharing real expertise in Norse language and myth with people hungry to learn, free of both ivory tower elitism and the agendas of self-appointed gurus. Visit JacksonWCrawford.com (includes bio and linked list of all videos).

    Jackson Crawford’s translation of Hávamál, with complete Old Norse text:

    Jackson Crawford’s translation of The Poetic Edda:
    Audiobook:

    Jackson Crawford’s translation of The Saga of the Volsungs:
    Audiobook:

    Latest FAQs: (updated Nov. 2019).

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  • Völsungasaga by William MORRIS read by Corpang | Full Audio Book

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    Völsungasaga by William MORRIS (1834 - 1896) and Eiríkr MAGNÚSSON (1833 - 1913)
    Genre(s): Action & Adventure Fiction, Classics (Antiquity), Fantastic Fiction

    Read by: Corpang in English

    Chapters:
    00:00:00 - 01 - Chapters I - V
    00:19:08 - 02 - Chapters VI - VIII
    00:37:10 - 03 - Chapters IX - XI
    00:54:31 - 04 - Chapters XII - XV
    01:15:52 - 05 - Chapters XVI - XIX
    01:41:29 - 06 - Chapters XX - XXIV
    02:04:55 - 07 - Chapters XXV - XXVII
    02:27:13 - 08 - Chapters XXVIII - XXIX
    02:48:00 - 09 - Chapters XXX - XXXII
    03:10:55 - 10 - Chapters XXXIII - XXXV
    03:28:10 - 11 - Chapters XXXVI - XXXVIII
    03:43:14 - 12 - Chapters XXXIX - XLIII

    The 13th century Icelandic Völsungasaga is usually read by people studying the Poetic Edda or Wagner's Ring - which obscures the fact it is a much better story than practically everything derived from it. A riddle-telling dragon, a broken sword, a hooded mysterious wanderer - cannibalism, incest, mutilation, and sensitive hearts. This is R-rated Tolkien - and the unashamedly archaic Magnússon-Morris translation is up for the adventure.Passages spoken in Old Norse are taken from the edition of Sophus Bugge, Berlin, 1891.(Summary by Corpang)

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  • The Saga of Ragnar Lothbrok

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    The Saga of Ragnar Lothbrok (Ragnarr Loðbrók) is an outstanding Old Norse tale, and the foremost medieval source for the legend of the most famous Viking hero.

    Dr. Jackson Crawford is Instructor of Nordic Studies and Nordic Program Coordinator at the University of Colorado Boulder (formerly UC Berkeley and UCLA). He is a historical linguist and an experienced teacher of Old Norse, Modern Icelandic, and Norwegian.

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  • Vinland Saga: Was I Wrong? Who Cares About Realism Anyway?

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    Is there such a thing as too anime? For me that's a yes, although it's entirely based on personal subjective taste of course. In a previous video I talked about the TV series Vinland Saga (based on the Japanese manga series of the same name), and why I don't watch it. In hindsight I was unnecessarily harsh on it, for arguably the wrong reasons.

    Particularly when it comes to the exaggerated action scenes and superhuman feats, which seem out of place in a mundane, historical Viking setting. But is it really mundane? If it's based on the old Norse sagas, well... there are stories involving magic and larger-than-life heroes. So you could argue it's true to the source material, at least to an extent.

    So in this video I talk about my opinion on some nuances of realistic / historically accurate settings in fiction and give you a brief intro to the different types of Icelandic sagas.

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  • 10 Facts About The Icelandic Sagas

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    10 Facts About The Icelandic Sagas.

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  • 4 Real Old Norse Love Poems

    10:35

    The Norse sagas are full of thwarted romances, but very little love poetry. The Saga of Hallfreðr vandræðaskáld (Trouble-Poet) provides some of our few examples from its hero's doomed love affair with Kolfinna.

    Jackson Crawford, Ph.D.: Sharing real expertise in Norse language and myth with people hungry to learn, free of both ivory tower elitism and the agendas of self-appointed gurus. Visit JacksonWCrawford.com (includes bio and linked list of all videos).

    Jackson Crawford’s translation of Hávamál, with complete Old Norse text:

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  • Norwegian Kings in Icelandic Sagas

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    The sagas may be Iceland's Westerns, but one thing very different from Westerns is the importance of a foreign country's monarch.

    Dr. Jackson Crawford is Instructor of Nordic Studies and Nordic Program Coordinator at the University of Colorado Boulder (formerly UC Berkeley and UCLA). He is a historical linguist and an experienced teacher and translator of Old Norse, Modern Icelandic, and Norwegian.

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