It’s time to put The Saga of Finnbogi the Strong on trial. Join us as we review the saga’s more violent moments, count up the dead, and shed some light on a few nicknames. Who will be outlawed? Who will be chosen as thingman? Will Andy and John agree on the quality of the saga? You’ll learn all this and more in the Final Judgments.
Join us for the thrilling conclusion of The Saga of Finnbogi the Strong. In the first part of this episode, we discuss Finnbogi’s evolving relationship with the Norwegian Earl Haakon, his trip to Constantinople, and his pursuit of Alf’s daughter Ragnhild. Yes, Finnbogi’s got his eye on the daughter of the man he killed on the way to Haakon’s court. The second part of this episode takes us back to Iceland, where Finnbogi finds that fame isn’t all its cracked up to be. With rivals emerging everywhere he goes, Finnbogi is forced to move from district to district in search of peace. That turns out to be a real challenge after he crosses a powerful lunatic like Jokul Ingimundarson, who you might remember from the second part of our episode on Vatnsdæla saga. There are many many feuds and fights in this part of the story. We do our best to cover the ones that really matter. We hope you enjoy this final part of our summary of The Saga of Finnbogi the Strong. It was a lot of fun for us, which is why this episode ended up so long.
Incidentally, since Finnbogi does make his way down to Constantinople and we often find ourselves in Byzantium, our listeners might be interested in The History of Byzantium podcast. He hasn’t covered Emperor John yet, but he’s getting closer to the period of the Varangian Guard. We’re looking forward to that. In the meantime, check out his special episode on the city of Constantinople. It covers the founding of the city, it’s geographical significance, and the daily life of its people. Great stuff!