Episode 20i – Njal’s Saga (Part 9)


Burning of Njal’s House by Fergal McCarthy

Saga Thing returns after a not so brief holiday hiatus.  When last we left you, the settlement for the slaying of Hoskuld Thrainsson had been disrupted by insults and threats of violence.  We pick the story up as Flosi gathers his forces to surprise the Njalssons at home.  When the surprise attack is spoiled by a wishy-washy conspirator, Flosi is left with the difficult task of finishing what he started regardless of the consequences.  In this episode, we finally discover how the Saga of Burnt Njal got its name.

For an interesting read about the burning of Bergþórshváll, check out Emily Lethbridge’s account of her visit to the site.

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Music Credits:

Intro Music – “Prelude and Action” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Previous Episode Review – Fletcher Henderson’s “Down South Camp Meeting

Episode Summary –  “Despair and Triumph” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Poems “Bittersweet” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Outro Music – “Stormfront” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Selections from music by Kevin MacLeod licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/


One thought on “Episode 20i – Njal’s Saga (Part 9)

  1. Has anyone ever Written in interpretation of Nyal’s saga in which Nyal is actually a woman? Nyal and Bergthora would then be a lesbian couple living in secret and only Gunnar knows the truth. The Nyalsens are therefore actually Gunnar’s children, which is why they seem so much more like Gunnar than they do like Nyal. Nya‘s life can then be seen as a constant struggle to maintain that secret, always on the verge of collapse And the irony becomes that the rumors were so close to the truth, but no one (enemiesor allies) could actually see the literal truth before their eyes.


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