In this episode, we begin our summary and discussion of the fantastical Bárðar saga Snæfellsáss, The Saga of Bard the Snowfell God. This saga is set in the rugged and fantastic landscape of Snaefellsnes in West Iceland. Here you’ll discover how trolls and giants migrated to Iceland alongside the humans. One of them, Bard Dumbsson, becomes a guardian spirit who wanders the land “in a grey cloak and hood with a belt of walrus-hide, carrying a two-pronged staff in his hand with a long spike for walking on the ice.” We follow the saga of Bard and his family through multiple generations and quite a few calamities.
A special thanks to our guest illustrator, Jacob Foust, who will be working with us through Bard’s Saga. You can find on Instagram as @skarphedin_illustrator. Jacob just recently started sharing his illustrations of the sagas and Norse myths. We find them absolutely delightful. Follow him on Instagram and let him know how much you love his work.
If you haven’t seen it already on social media, here’s Bard and giving his nephews a piece of his mind.
And Helga drifting out to sea:
I’d put the bibliography John mentioned in right here if John had given me any. Alas, John left me hanging. Oh well.
Intro Music – “Prelude and Action” by Kevin MacLeod
Poetry Music – “Plaint” by Kevin MacLeod
Outro Music – “Stormfront” by Kevin MacLeod