Episode 15b – First Quarter Court Results

Andy v John

The results are in and your votes have been tallied.  Listen to the Quarter Court Results show to find out how your favorite candidates did.  John and Andy also take time to answer your questions about podcasting, saga scholarship and other nonsense, like which character they each resemble most.  Along the way, they reference a few things you may be interested in checking out for yourself.  See the links below the episode player.

Quarter Court Poll Results Here

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“Aldrei er góð vísa of oft kveðin”
The Concordance to the Proverbs in the Old Icelandic Sagas by Richard Harris

John and Andy’s Podcast Recommendations (Images link to podcast webpages)

     The British History Podcast  Footnoting History

History Extra podcast    The Cracked Podcast   Nerdist Podcast

Bonus Bugle - Satirist in Soho #3   NPR logo   

Sword and Scale    image description  My Brother, My Brother and Me

        The Infinite Monkey Cage

We didn’t mention it, but John and Andy both dabble in

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Episode 16 – Grettir’s Saga (Part 1)

In this epic multi-part episode, we tell the story of Iceland’s most famous and longest surviving outlaw, Grettir Asmundarson.  Join us as we trace his life, from its tempestuous beginning to its tragic end.  Before we delve into his amazing exploits as an adult, we must look back to his origins. In traditional saga fashion, we begin with his great grandfather, Onund Treefoot.  We follow Onund’s efforts to resist the increasing power of King Harald Fairhair and his struggles to come to terms with the loss of his property and his leg.  Forced to redefine his own identity and to make a new life in foreign lands, he emerges as the truest hero in the saga, renowned as “the bravest and most agile of all the one-legged men in Iceland.”  From Onund, we wend our way through battles over whale corpses, murder, and legal cases in the genealogy until we arrive at Grettir himself.  We’ll look briefly at Grettir’s inglorious youth, his troubled relationship with his father, Asmund, and the events leading up to his first outlawry.  Will Grettir learn to control his temper and put his strength to good use? Or will he flout the norms of society and continue to make his own way more difficult?  Find out as Saga Thing takes on Grettir’s Saga (chapters 1-20).

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 This handy genealogy will help you keep some of the names straight in your minds

Pick up a copy of Grettir’s Saga and discover all the stuff we left out!

Grettir's Saga