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Oct. 28th, 2009



screwed-up family dynamics for the win!

It's all Mrissa's fault Thanks to Mrissa, I'm 323 words into a story titled "Serpent, Wolf, and Half-Dead Thing," about Loki's three monstrous children. After some hemming and hawing, it seems to have decided that it takes place just after Loki was bound.

Which is not technically saga material, but I figure the Eddas are close enough to pass. :-)

Oct. 26th, 2009

Hallgerður and Gunnar


In case anyone's looking for a timesink -- I mean project

Wikipedia has an English-language page for Gunnar Hámundarson but none for Hallgerður Höskuldsdóttir.

Just saying. :-)

Oct. 20th, 2009



"I don't know whence thief's eyes have come into our kin"

From the first chapter of Njál's Saga:

Excerpt behind the cutCollapse )

This is the passage that got me pulled into reading the sagas ... the research I later did suggested Hallgerður's "thief's eyes" referred to the fact that she steals cheese later in the saga -- and I can see that, given that Hrútur can see the future and that the cheese-stealing causes so much trouble -- but when I first read this, it didn't feel like anything so literal, and it did give me shivers.

What do you think it means to have the eyes of a thief?
Hallgerður and Gunnar



Stolen and modified to turn it into a saga-specific meme. :-)

In comments, list a character from any saga and a number from 1 to 100 (pick 2 or 3 numbers if you feel like it). The numbers correspond to the questions on the list of 100 most important things to know about your characters.

The rest of us--at least those of the rest of us who have read the saga in question--will post how we think the character would answer your question.

Oct. 12th, 2009

Iceland, gunnar/hillside OTP, snark snark snark, dying for one's ship, sagas


"Him I loved most I treated the worst"

So which saga is most fanfic-able?

My vote is for Laxdaela Saga. Take two foster brothers, Kjartan and Bolli, who are cousins, totally cousins, and add one woman, Gudrun, who loves Kjartan. Send Kjartan off to Norway without her to make his fortune, leaving Bolli the chance to tell Gudrun about the little royal bit Kjartan's getting on the side, and so marry her instead. Blend in some goading by Gudrun and simmer until Bolli finally kills Kjartan, who dies in his arms in a completely cousins, totally cousins, sort of way. And that's just one central episode -- there's beards spread across broad fjords and pointed questions by grandsons about old romances. Not to mention the name of Kjartan's father, Olaf the Peacock. Lots of tasty material to work with here.

But arguments for others can be made. So make 'em -- what's your pick?


Oct. 11th, 2009



"... and I think you shouldn't find fault with the story unless you can improve on it"

Went looking through the saga posts in my journal, and found the post below listed as the first (tagged) post I made on the sagas. I don't remember much about Hrólf Gautreksson's saga besides that it had a warrior woman in it, that I both enjoyed it and found it flawed, and that it was fairly mythic in feel -- more like Völsunga saga than the family sagas, though maybe not as deeply mythic as Völsunga. (If there's anything else with the same feel as Völsunga, I'd love to know about it.)

I may need to reread this one sometime, but in the meanwhile, I still really like the saga's afterword. :-)

Hrólf Gautreksson's sagaCollapse )
Iceland/Westfjords road


A first post

This is a fan community for the Icelandic sagas. Serious discussion, frivilous discussion, fanfic, and pretty much anything else are welcome.

Because last week several of us were talking about the sagas, and somewhere along the way someone said, hey, wouldn't it be cool to have a saga fan community? And we all agreed it would.

Everyone's welcome to come play -- if anyone wants to jump in work on the journal's design, add icons, or do anything else, just email me -- janni(at)simner(dot)com -- and let me know.

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