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.

News for 2021 & a wee bit more! The Myth Legend & Lore Podcast

An update on what to expect for the year ahead, & a wee bit more!   Links: Lorcán Mac Mathúna: Twitter @mac_lorcan http://lorcanmacmathuna.com   http://www.vidforul.worpress.com Dr Jóhanna Katrín Fridriksdóttir https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/valkyrie   Old Norse For Modern Times https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/vikingverse/old-norse-for-modern-times   Althingi – A Viking Game of Strength and Influence https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/joshuagillingham/althingi-a-viking-game-of-strength-and-influence   Joshua Gillingham: https://www.joshuagillingham.ca https://twitter.com/JoshMGillingham https://www.crowsnestbooks.com/product/the-gatewatch/    Eric Schumacher:  https://www.ericschumacher.net https://twitter.com/DarkAgeScribe https://www.nextchapter.pub/authors/eric-schumacher-historical-fiction-author?rq=eric%20schumacher   Ian Stuart Sharpe: https://www.facebook.com/vikingverse/ https://twitter.com/vikingverse https://www.instagram.com/vikingverse/ https://www.vikingverse.com   Aaron Lax: https://amlax.wordpress.com https://twitter.com/amlax_?lang=en   Genevieve Gornichec: http://www.genevievegornichec.com  http://www.lunastationquarterly.com Issue 041 Twitter @gengornichec   Jeff Wolfe https://www.lulu.com/en/gb/shop/jeff-wolfe/mythical-grammar/paperback/product-1kkj27d4.html Twitter @wolfeofthewoods   Madeleine F. White: @madeleinefwhite https://www.crowsnestbooks.com/product/mother-of-floods   Woody Pather: Twitter @PatherWoody https://linktr.ee/WoodyPather https://arunapather.wixsite.com/woodypather https://www.instagram.com/woodypather/?igshid=6v1jj1xq73g https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/mythic-tales-retold-1 https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55877887-mythic-tales-retold   Fjorn’s Hall: Twitter @Fjorn_the_Skald http://fjorns-hall.com Instagram http://www.instagram.com/fjorn_the_skald/ Facebook http://www.facebook.com/FjorntheSkald   Podcasts: https://sagathingpodcast.wordpress.com https://vikingagepodcast.com https://www.northernmyths.com http://thehistoryofvikings.com https://historyeh.com https://mythlegendlore.podbean.com   Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/mythlegendlore
  1. News for 2021 & a wee bit more!
  2. The Saga of Frithiof the Bold – Complete Version
  3. The Saga of Frithiof the Bold – Part 3
  4. The Saga of Frithiof the Bold – Part 2
  5. The Saga of Frithiof the Bold – Part 1

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!

News for 2021 & a wee bit more! The Myth Legend & Lore Podcast

An update on what to expect for the year ahead, & a wee bit more!   Links: Lorcán Mac Mathúna: Twitter @mac_lorcan http://lorcanmacmathuna.com   http://www.vidforul.worpress.com Dr Jóhanna Katrín Fridriksdóttir https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/valkyrie   Old Norse For Modern Times https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/vikingverse/old-norse-for-modern-times   Althingi – A Viking Game of Strength and Influence https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/joshuagillingham/althingi-a-viking-game-of-strength-and-influence   Joshua Gillingham: https://www.joshuagillingham.ca https://twitter.com/JoshMGillingham https://www.crowsnestbooks.com/product/the-gatewatch/    Eric Schumacher:  https://www.ericschumacher.net https://twitter.com/DarkAgeScribe https://www.nextchapter.pub/authors/eric-schumacher-historical-fiction-author?rq=eric%20schumacher   Ian Stuart Sharpe: https://www.facebook.com/vikingverse/ https://twitter.com/vikingverse https://www.instagram.com/vikingverse/ https://www.vikingverse.com   Aaron Lax: https://amlax.wordpress.com https://twitter.com/amlax_?lang=en   Genevieve Gornichec: http://www.genevievegornichec.com  http://www.lunastationquarterly.com Issue 041 Twitter @gengornichec   Jeff Wolfe https://www.lulu.com/en/gb/shop/jeff-wolfe/mythical-grammar/paperback/product-1kkj27d4.html Twitter @wolfeofthewoods   Madeleine F. White: @madeleinefwhite https://www.crowsnestbooks.com/product/mother-of-floods   Woody Pather: Twitter @PatherWoody https://linktr.ee/WoodyPather https://arunapather.wixsite.com/woodypather https://www.instagram.com/woodypather/?igshid=6v1jj1xq73g https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/mythic-tales-retold-1 https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55877887-mythic-tales-retold   Fjorn’s Hall: Twitter @Fjorn_the_Skald http://fjorns-hall.com Instagram http://www.instagram.com/fjorn_the_skald/ Facebook http://www.facebook.com/FjorntheSkald   Podcasts: https://sagathingpodcast.wordpress.com https://vikingagepodcast.com https://www.northernmyths.com http://thehistoryofvikings.com https://historyeh.com https://mythlegendlore.podbean.com   Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/mythlegendlore
  1. News for 2021 & a wee bit more!
  2. The Saga of Frithiof the Bold – Complete Version
  3. The Saga of Frithiof the Bold – Part 3
  4. The Saga of Frithiof the Bold – Part 2
  5. The Saga of Frithiof the Bold – Part 1

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