Laxdæla Dreaming: A Saga Heroine Invents Her Own Life

Illustration to Laxdœla saga, chapter 55. Guðrún Ósvífrsdóttir smiles as Helgi Harðbeinsson wipes his spear clean on her garment. Helgi has killed Bolli, Guðrún's husband, with the spear.

As palpably true as the interpretation is, even before the truth of Gestr’s fourfold prophecy is confirmed by what follows, this dream narrative is not merely a symbolic illustration of the future. It raises many other questions, and in this paper I will discuss some of the ambiguities of GuQrun Osvifrsdottir and her four dreams.

Can Statistics show if the Icelandic Sagas were true?

From Njáls saga: Aasgrim follows Snorri Goði to his booth. Illustration from "Vore fædres liv" : karakterer og skildringer fra sagatiden / samlet og udggivet af Nordahl Rolfsen ; oversættelsen ved Gerhard Gran., Kristiania: Stenersen, 1898.

The Icelandic sagas of the Norse people are thousand-year-old chronicles of brave deeds and timeless romances, but how true to Viking life were they?

INTERVIEW: Song of the Vikings: Snorri and the Making of Norse Myths

Song of the Vikings

An interview with author Nancy Brown on her latest medieval offering: “Song of the Vikings: Snorri and the Making of Norse Myths”.

“Ek Skal Hér Ráða”: Themes of Female Honor in the Icelandic Sagas

Gudrun and the spear - Icelandic Sagas

A major goal of this thesis is to not only interpret the representations of women from these sagas, but also to place these representations in the context of the time and the writers. Icelanders wrote these sagas a couple centuries after the Viking age ended and are based nearly entirely on oral tradition.

Njáls saga as a novel: four aspects of rewriting


Inspired by Njáls saga and Laxdæla saga, the novel Fire in the Ice by American novelist Dorothy James Roberts is one of numerous modern rewritings of classical and medieval literature.

Remnants of Revenants: The Role of the Dreaded Draugr in Medieval Iceland

Draugr - ghosts

The Vikings brought the ancient Germanic literary tradition from Scandinavia to the rest of Europe.

“Ek Skal Hér Ráða”: Themes of Female Honor in the Icelandic Sagas

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“Ek Skal Hér Ráða”: Themes of Female Honor in the Icelandic Sagas Rivenbark, Susan Elizabeth (University of North Carolina at Wilmington) M.A. Thesis, Appalachian State University, May (2011) Abstract There was a separate and unique code of honor and ethics for women living in Iceland during the Viking Age. What was female honor? Were Icelandic women […]

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