This episode of Saga Thing is all about revenge. We conclude the Gunnar section of Njal’s Saga with a look into the aftermath of our hero’s death, the vengeance he demands, and the fate of his brother, Kolskeggi. If Njal wants to avenge his friend and secure his position in the region, he’ll have to act fast. Fortunately, he’s got his son, Skarphedin, and Gunnar’s son, Hogni, as willing swords. Gunnar’s ghost helps get things moving. While we don’t cover a lot of ground in the saga this time around, we do explore some important issues that inform our reading of the first half of the saga and give us something to look for as we embark on the saga’s dark second half. We discuss Gunnar’s pride, the ethics of Njal’s behavior, and we finally tackle the “halberd” controversy. Hallgerð gets her fair share of our attention as well.
Image taken from the beautiful Njal Tapestry. Visit http://www.njalurefill.is/ for more information.
Intro Music – Prelude and Action by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Previous Episode Review – “The Mooche” by Duke Ellington
Episode Summary – “Enchanted Journey” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Gunnar’s Poem – Ritual by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Outro Music – Stormfront by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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