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Book Reading: Song of the Vikings

Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 4:30pm

Kroch Library, Rare and Manuscript Collections, Rm 2B48
Olin Library, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA

Much like Greek and Roman mythology, Norse myths are still with us. Famous storytellers from JRR Tolkien to Neil Gaiman have drawn their inspiration from the long-haired, mead-drinking, marauding and pillaging Vikings. Their creator is a thirteenth-century Icelandic chieftain by the name of Snorri Sturluson. Like Homer, Snorri was a bard, collecting and embellishing the folklore and pagan legends of medieval Scandinavia. Unlike Homer, Snorri was a man of the world—a wily political power player, one of the richest men in Iceland who came close to ruling it, and even closer to betraying it.

Join award-winning author Nancy Marie Brown for a talk about her new book “Song of the Vikings” (Palgrave Macmillan, October 30, 2012), about the intrigue and power struggles at the court of medieval Reykjavik. Drawing on her deep knowledge of Icelandic history and first-hand reading of the original medieval sources, Brown produces a rich narrative of a world that continues to fascinate us.

Nancy Marie Brown is the author of highly-praised books of nonfiction, including “The Abacus and the Cross and The Far Traveler.” She is fluent in Icelandic and her past books have been promoted by IcelandAir and the Embassy of Iceland. Formerly the editor of the award-winning magazine Research/Penn State, Brown lives in Vermont.

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