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.

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.

A Gathering of Skalds with Jeff Wolfe The Myth Legend & Lore Podcast

Welcome to A Gathering of Skalds, & a celebration of National Poetry Day! We have the pleasure of welcoming Jeff Wolfe, who has prepared a selection of poetry from his debut book Mythical Grammar. We also have two promo's; Casting Through Ancient Greece, & The Past Less Travelled!Jeff Wolfehttps://www.lulu.com/en/gb/shop/jeff-wolfe/mythical-grammar/paperback/product-1kkj27d4.htmlTwitter @wolfeofthewoodshttps://castingthroughancientgreece.com@CastingGreecehttps://linktr.ee/ThePastLessTraveled@pastlesstraveld
  1. A Gathering of Skalds with Jeff Wolfe
  2. The Glaistig of the Scottish Highlands & Islands
  3. A Gathering of Skalds with Genevieve Gornichec
  4. Víðförul: The Women Pioneers of the Vinland Sagas – Ep2 Gudrid & Thorbjorg
  5. Víðförul: The Women Pioneers in the Vinland Sagas

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!

A Gathering of Skalds with Jeff Wolfe The Myth Legend & Lore Podcast

Welcome to A Gathering of Skalds, & a celebration of National Poetry Day! We have the pleasure of welcoming Jeff Wolfe, who has prepared a selection of poetry from his debut book Mythical Grammar. We also have two promo's; Casting Through Ancient Greece, & The Past Less Travelled!Jeff Wolfehttps://www.lulu.com/en/gb/shop/jeff-wolfe/mythical-grammar/paperback/product-1kkj27d4.htmlTwitter @wolfeofthewoodshttps://castingthroughancientgreece.com@CastingGreecehttps://linktr.ee/ThePastLessTraveled@pastlesstraveld
  1. A Gathering of Skalds with Jeff Wolfe
  2. The Glaistig of the Scottish Highlands & Islands
  3. A Gathering of Skalds with Genevieve Gornichec
  4. Víðförul: The Women Pioneers of the Vinland Sagas – Ep2 Gudrid & Thorbjorg
  5. Víðförul: The Women Pioneers in the Vinland Sagas

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

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EPISODE 4: Saga of the Greenlanders

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