I had a revelation last Sunday. Nope, didn
In her talk at the INL conference, Trish Baer discussed the work she has done over the last five years on images from the Eddas.
Old Scandinavian history from the time of the Vikings was lost in Europe after Christianity took over. The lack of understanding of that earlier time can be seen in many of the illustrations about the various pagan gods. We
Angry Viking banker who has been told he can’t have everything he wants.
Happy Viking banker after he finds out he can take all he wants.
Viking banker told that he has to give back some of the money he took that wasn’t his.
Viking banker satisfied when he finds out that he isn’t going to jail and can keep most of his money.
Nancy Marie Brown. Song Of The Vikings. New York: palgrave macmillan, 2012. 239 pages.
There are books I read quickly, racing through the sentences, the paragraphs, the pages. There are books I read slowly, not because the language is clumsy but because nearly every page gives me something to think about, to ponder. The Song of the Vikings by Nancy Marie Brown is one of those books that I have read slowly, that I will read again and, probably, again. I wish it had been written fifty years ago when I was a university student and was taking an evening non-credit course, the sagas in translation, with Haraldur Besseson in Winnipeg.
The sagas are wonderful stories. As Brown tells us in the preface that in the later 1920s, J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis were debating what the curriculum should be for English majors at Oxford University. C.S.Lewis was all for Shakespeare. Tolkien thought the students should be studying the works of Snorri Sturluson.
It is details like this that engage the reader of Brown