PODCAST

Víðförul is a ‘series within a series’, a set of episodes about the women pioneers of the Vinland sagas within the podcast Myth, Legend & Lore. In this series, we explore The Saga of Eric the Red and The Saga of the Greenlanders, both written in Iceland in the thirteenth century but set in the Viking Age, focusing on the many fascinating female characters we encounter in these sagas. We delve deeper into the historical background, analyse some of the characters and main scenes, and contextualise them with other Old Norse texts, whether sagas, poetry or later folklore.

Each episode will be accompanied by Siobhán’s narration of the part of the saga discussed. The saga texts and the folktale discussed in episode 1 are available here.

As a ‘bonus’, please find below two online talks given by Jóhanna about valkyries and Viking women. The first talk touches on our heroines Gudrid and Freydis.

EPISODE 1: Saga of Eric the Red, chapter 1

This episode focusses on Aud ‘the Deep-Minded’ Ketilsdóttir, the protagonist of the first section of Eiríks saga. It delves into Aud’s background, making use of other sagas and The Book of Settlements to flesh out her life in more detail. Finally, we discuss a little-known Icelandic folktale about Aud and her dealings with a mysterious young woman named Gullbrá.

Special guest episode! Joshua Gillingham & Alex C. Stewart – The Gatewatch audiobook! The Myth Legend & Lore Podcast

Oral tradition is a wonderfully diverse form of communication in which societies share and maintain their knowledge, culture and history from generation to generation. It includes methods such as poetry, prose, storytelling and singing. However, over time much has changed if we consider how this practice has survived. Today I have the joy of welcoming author Joshua Gillingham, & narrator Alexander C. Stewart, as they announce the release of The Gatewatch audiobook! Join us as we discuss Joshua’s epic adventure novel and its marvellous characters, oral tradition, poetry, audiobooks & much more!   Joshua Gillingham http://www.joshuagillingham.ca http://www.facebook.com/TheGatewatchNovel twitter.com/JoshMGillingham   Alex C. Stewart twitter.com/AlexcStewartVA http://www.instagram.com/alexcstewartva   Crowsnest Books http://www.crowsnestbooks.com/product/the-gatewatch   Sources: Peter Hallberg – Old Icelandic Poetry: Eddic Lay and Skaldic Verse http://www.amazon.ca/Old-Icelandic-Poetry-Eddic-Skaldic/dp/0803208553   Please check out SkarphedinArt on Etsy and Instagram where you can discover past and present illustrations, and eagerly await the future work of Jacob and SkarphedinArt! http://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/SkarphedinArt http://www.instagram.com/skarphedin_illustrator Music used in promo is Yngve-Frej from the Midsolsblot album by Torulf torulf.bandcamp.com/album/midsolsblot   Background music: Kai Engel – Chapter 4/Fall Smouldering https://kaiengel.bandcamp.com
  1. Special guest episode! Joshua Gillingham & Alex C. Stewart – The Gatewatch audiobook!
  2. Tales of Olden, Vol 1 – with Ian Fontova
  3. The Tháttr of Nornagest – adaption of Nora Kershaw's 1921 translation
  4. All Men Must Die, Power and Passion in Game Of Thrones with Professor Carolyne Larrington
  5. An Bhuatais & the Meaning of Life – by Lorcán MacMathúna

EPISODE 2: Saga of Eric the Red, chapters 2-6

In episode two, we discuss Guðríður Þorbjarnardóttir and Þorbjörg lítilvölva (whose nickname means ‘little prophetess’); this captivating encounter is a highlight of the saga. We will also look at the realities of marriage for young women, challenges faced by Eirik the Red’s colony in Greenland, medicine, magic/runes, famine, pandemics and much more!

Special guest episode! Joshua Gillingham & Alex C. Stewart – The Gatewatch audiobook! The Myth Legend & Lore Podcast

Oral tradition is a wonderfully diverse form of communication in which societies share and maintain their knowledge, culture and history from generation to generation. It includes methods such as poetry, prose, storytelling and singing. However, over time much has changed if we consider how this practice has survived. Today I have the joy of welcoming author Joshua Gillingham, & narrator Alexander C. Stewart, as they announce the release of The Gatewatch audiobook! Join us as we discuss Joshua’s epic adventure novel and its marvellous characters, oral tradition, poetry, audiobooks & much more!   Joshua Gillingham http://www.joshuagillingham.ca http://www.facebook.com/TheGatewatchNovel twitter.com/JoshMGillingham   Alex C. Stewart twitter.com/AlexcStewartVA http://www.instagram.com/alexcstewartva   Crowsnest Books http://www.crowsnestbooks.com/product/the-gatewatch   Sources: Peter Hallberg – Old Icelandic Poetry: Eddic Lay and Skaldic Verse http://www.amazon.ca/Old-Icelandic-Poetry-Eddic-Skaldic/dp/0803208553   Please check out SkarphedinArt on Etsy and Instagram where you can discover past and present illustrations, and eagerly await the future work of Jacob and SkarphedinArt! http://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/SkarphedinArt http://www.instagram.com/skarphedin_illustrator Music used in promo is Yngve-Frej from the Midsolsblot album by Torulf torulf.bandcamp.com/album/midsolsblot   Background music: Kai Engel – Chapter 4/Fall Smouldering https://kaiengel.bandcamp.com
  1. Special guest episode! Joshua Gillingham & Alex C. Stewart – The Gatewatch audiobook!
  2. Tales of Olden, Vol 1 – with Ian Fontova
  3. The Tháttr of Nornagest – adaption of Nora Kershaw's 1921 translation
  4. All Men Must Die, Power and Passion in Game Of Thrones with Professor Carolyne Larrington
  5. An Bhuatais & the Meaning of Life – by Lorcán MacMathúna

EPISODE 3: Saga of Eric the Red, chapters 7-11

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EPISODE 4: Saga of the Greenlanders

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Further watching

Valkyrie: The Women of the Viking World

The Rise of the Valkyrie – The Women of the Viking World